LRC in race against time to prevent next bus strike

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
LRC in race against time to prevent next bus strike

The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) is in a race against time to prevent a second bus strike which is scheduled for this weekend, according to LRC head Kieran Mulvey.

The threat of strike action remains in place today as unions press for "cast-iron guarantees" over issues such as employment and the future of bus routes.

The decision by bus workers to down tools over the May bank holiday weekend cost hundreds of thousands of euro in lost revenue.

But sources involved in the negotiations have admitted that securing agreement this week will prove difficult given the range of different stakeholders involved.

The dispute centres around plans by the National Transport Authority to put 10pc of bus routes out for private tender.

A full stoppage for Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann on Friday and Saturday will go ahead if an agreement is not made this week between unions and the National Transport Authority.