19 February 2009

Bus Drivers to go on Strike over Job Cuts

Shop stewards from SIPTU, Ireland's largest trade union, decided that there will be an all-out strike at Dublin Bus from March 1st unless the company's management stops their proposed cost-cutting measures, which include job losses.
This could mean that there will be no buses at all in the capital for quite some time. The union made the decision yesterday, after receiving a clear mandate from its members.

In a statement Dublin Bus said it has "not yet received official notification of any industrial action by the drivers' unions".
It called the action "regrettable" but said it was "open to discussions" to try to resolve the matter before the end of the month.

Also yesterday drivers with Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus said they would mount a one-day strike on Saturday, February 28th in protest against 600 planned redundancies at the two state-owned bus companies.

A further
two-day strike is planned for March 9th & 10th.

So if you are a user of public transport in Ireland, be prepared to go nowhere for quite some time.

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