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Bank holiday weekend bus strike to go ahead

Bank holiday weekend bus strike to go ahead

Bus drivers will go ahead with their 48 hour strike aimed at disrupting the bank holiday weekend, despite the pleas from Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe.

Minister Donohoe attempted to defuse the row between drivers and management at Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus by guaranteeing that no driver would be required to transfer to a private operator when 10 per cent of bus routes are put out to tender.

Last night Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) refused to call off their strike which is due to begin on Friday.

“Whilst it is to be welcomed that the minister is prepared to acknowledge some of our members’ concerns, he needs to move towards turning all this positivity into a workable solution, which will not alone address the issues he has addressed today, but also those that concern the future of both bus companies and the CIE Group as a whole,” said Dermot O’Leary, general secretary of the NBRU.

Bus Éireann chief executive Martin Nolan warned that any strike action could have dire consequences with the loss of up to €5m. If that were to happen, management would have to “seriously consider” measures to protect the company and all of its employees.

Paddy Doherty, chief executive of Dublin Bus, said it would lose €600,000 for each day of the strike and discommode 450,000 passengers.

Bus Éireann chief executive Martin Nolan warned that any strike action could have dire consequences and that management would have to “seriously consider” measures to protect the company and all of its employees.

Paddy Doherty, chief executive of Dublin Bus, said it would lose €600,000 for each day of the strike and discommode 450,000 passengers.