Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann to strike

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann to strike

Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann workers have voted in an “overwhelming” majority to go on strike during the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) this afternoon announced the planned industrial action which will take place on International Workers Day.

The strike will include a two-hour protest march to the Dail and similar marches across the country.

The National Bus and Rail Union General Secretary Dermot O'Leary said.

“Our members in Dublin Bus (92pc) and Bus Eireann (91pc) have given us an overwhelming mandate to challenge this ill-thought out policy, we have today advised Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann the NTA, the Department and the Minister that our members will engage in Industrial Action on the 1st May.”

“The details of the action will be communicated to the parties one week in advance but will include a two hour protest march to the Dail from 11am to 1pm, similar protest marches will take place across the country in all major urban centres".

“Despite over seven months of discussion at the LRC, the Government, in the guise of the NTA, have not moved a jot in addressing the concerns of bus workers, the NBRU has been consistent in our opposition to the transfer of any current Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann staff to private companies.

“Our concerns in relation to the future of both Companies along with the future of Irish Rail as part of the CIÉ Group have actually been heightened during the LRC Process.

“There is a certain irony in bus workers having to take to the streets to highlight their plight on International Workers Day, a day which is synonymous with the Labour movement throughout the world; we are now calling on the Labour Party to use their position in Government to halt the tendering process, to allow for actual negotiations to take place, a continuation of the current tendering process will inevitably lead to race to the bottom in workers terms and conditions.”