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SIPTU announce wide ranging strike on Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann

Dublin Bus services, and those of Bus Eireann, are going to be hit
Dublin Bus services, and those of Bus Eireann, are going to be hit

In addition to the upcoming NBRU stoppage, SIPTU have now announced a far more wide-ranging strike on the nation's bus services.

Last Monday we learned about a strike on Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann by NBRU drivers.

That two hour strike, scheduled for May 1 between 11am and 1pm would have included a protest march to the Dail and would have caused some minor upset to that Bank Holiday weekend's travel plans.

However, the situation just got a lot more chaotic for commuters as it has now been announced by SIPTU that their memebrs will be taking part in much more wide ranging industrial action.

They have just said that they will be engaging in two 48-hour strikes on Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann. The first will fall on May 1 and May 2, while the second will be on May 15 and 16.

The issue again relates to the Government's plan to privatise 10 per cent of the routes. 

Owen Reidy told RTE Radio that his members voted for the action but both employers refused to meet the union so they feel they have been forced into this action.

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