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"The NBRU will now concentrate on ensuring our members in Bus Eireann will soon be in a similar position as colleagues in Iarnrod Eireann and Dublin Bus, by achieving a long overdue and well-deserved pay award."
NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary said two thirds of Bus Eireann members backed the court's recommendations.
NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary said two thirds of its members in Bus Eireann backed the court's recommendations.
NBRU chief Dermot O'Leary said: "The onus is now very pay rise years is bus drivers much on Dublin Bus to come to the negotiating table and step up to the plate to go significantly beyond what has already been rejected by all of the staff and work with the trade unions towards achieving a satisfactory resolution of this dispute, falling short is simply not an option for commuters and staff alike."
The walkout by members of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) and Siptu is the first of three 48-hour stoppages planned for this month.
NBRU chief Dermot O'Leary accused Mr Ross of acting like Pontius Pilate and urged him to "allow Dublin Bus to have the ability to come back to the table".
Train drivers in the NBRU and Siptu unions are angry over the length of their working hours and salaries.
Company sources said the drivers' unions Siptu and the NBRU had blown an opportunity for an 8% increase over three years.
We went into these talks with a clear focus on what was required DERMOT O'LEARY NBRU GENERAL SECRETARY
NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary dismissed the firms' claim the strike - backed by workers in ballots - was breaking the law.
Staff in the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) have also voted for 48-hour strikes on May 1 and 2 with further stoppages on May 15 and 16.
Slamming the Coalition's plans, NBRU boss Dermot O'Leary said: "Despite over seven months of discussion at the Labour Relations Commission, the Government, in the guise of the National Transport Authority, have not moved a jot in addressing the concerns of bus workers."
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