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Union calls on Taoiseach and Tanaiste to intervene in bus row

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Members of the trade unions SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) on the picket line at Phibsboro Bus Depot in Dublin
Members of the trade unions SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) on the picket line at Phibsboro Bus Depot in Dublin

The National Bus and Rail Union has called on the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste to intervene in the row that has led to a two day strike at Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus.

More than a million commuters and tourists have been affected after bus services were cancelled over a 48-hour strike period that began at midnight on Thursday.

The union representing drivers at Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus says it is time for political leadership on the  issue.

"I would request certainly the Taoiseach and Tánaiste and the Minister for Transport to use their good offices and just don't have their words ringing hollow,” said General Secretary of the NBRU, Dermot O'Leary.

"The fact of the matter is, whatever assurances the Minister can give, he's a shareholder alright, but we don't negotiate directly with the minister.

"Our negotiations are done face-to-face with the companies, and in this situation we also have the department and the National Transport Authority involved."