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National bus and train strike looms after talks on the privatisation of some routes break down

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
National bus and train strike looms after talks on the privatisation of some routes break  down

A national bus and train strike is looming after talks on the privatisation of some routes broke down.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) warned  that it will service notice of High Court proceedings against the implementation of the government’s privatisation policy.

The NBRU will ballot its members in Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and Irish Rail next week for industrial action.

Under the current plans, certain non city-centre routes in Dublin will be put out to tender.

Meanwhile, Bus Éireann routes earmarked for tender include services from Dublin to Kildare, Tullamore and Portlaoise, and a number of routes in Waterford city.

Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann will be allowed to bid to continue to operate the routes.

NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary described the policy as “flawed”.

O’Leary said that despite “many months of discussion” at the Labour Relations Commission, the government, through the NTA and the department of transport, has “failed to give assurances to staff as to the future of their industry along with their ability to support their families”.
 
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe told RTÉ the breakdown in talks was “disappointing”.

The NBRU ballot on industrial action will begin next Monday, 6 April.