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Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Bus to pursue union for costs after Friday's wildcat strike

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Bus to pursue union for costs after Friday's wildcat strike

Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Bus have jointly written to the National Bus and Rail Union informing them that they will be pursuing the union for costs incurred as a result of Friday's wildcat strike action.

Unions have distanced themselves from the secondary picketing connected to the ongoing Bus Éireann strike, saying it was not officially sanctioned.

Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) is expected to take legal action against the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) over the disruption and lost revenue it caused.

Iarnród Éireann says that Friday's flash strike cost the company hundreds of thousands of euro. They will be making final calculations on the total cost early this week.

The NBRU expects to receive the letter from the two transport companies tomorrow.

Dermot O'Leary, General Secretary of the NBRU, said any allegations of wrongdoing levelled against the NBRU will be passed on to their legal people who will make a comprehensive assessment and respond accordingly.

Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions has warned that the wildcat escalation of the Bus Éireann strike may delay a resolution of the dispute.

Speaking on RTÉ's Marian Finucane show, Patricia King described the unofficial stoppage which temporarily halted services at Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Bus as regrettable.

She said the escalation had delayed any third party intervention by the Workplace Relations Commission  or the Labour Court, as they do not respond to that kind of pressure.

Ms King also said that the last thing the dispute needed was an intervention by the Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Shane Ross in relation to the industrial relations issues.

Some 2,600 Bus Éireann workers have been on strike for over a week. They said they have been left with no other option but to continue their industrial action over cutbacks, which management said are necessary to save money as the company faces insolvency.