The parties’ last collective agreement on pay expired at the end of 2018.
The submissions of the parties have set out very clearly the nature of the market and funding infrastructure in which the company operates. The parties’ direct engagements highlighted certain measures which could be adopted so as to facilitate the implementation of necessary change and savings relevant to the company’s capacity to fund pay increases within the matrix of its funding framework.
Having regard to the full circumstances outlined by both parties to the Court therefore, the Court recommends:
1. That claims for retrospective payment in respect of the years of 2019 and 2020 should be addressed through payment of €1,000 to each member as a ‘lead in’ payment to be made in the most tax efficient manner possible having regard to the applicable revenue rules at time of payment.
2. That the company proposals in relation to change and productivity set out at appendix 1 to its submission to the Court, including as regards zonal Routing, changes to universal duties to enhance flexible working options, introduction of 30-hour driver contracts and changes to driver establishment to reflect modern timetable requirements; should be accepted and fully implemented upon acceptance of this recommendation. Any joint engagement necessary to achieve full implementation should take place immediately.
3. That the following increases to pay should be implemented:
With effect from 1stJanuary 2021 – .5%
With effect from 1stJuly 2021 - 2.5%
With effect from 1stJuly 2022 - 3.5%
With effect from 1stJanuary 2023 - 3%
With effect from 1stJanuary 2024 - 3%
With effect from 1stJanuary 2025 - 3%
In making this recommendation it is the Court’s full understanding that, as part of any agreement, the parties are committed to ensuring that no cost increasing claims are raised during the lifetime of the agreement and to securing industrial peace by utilising agreed procedures at all times to resolve matters which might give rise to dispute during the lifetime of the agreement.
The Court similarly understands that the parties are committed to engagement on the Trade Union claim as regards a composite rate in the course of any engagement to agree a successor agreement to the agreement which will come into being upon acceptance of this Recommendation.
The Court so recommends.