NBRU warns of major difficulty reaching agreement in Bus Éireann dispute

Comment: Kildare bus commuters will vote with their wallets

There are no signs of a resolution in Bus Eireann dispute

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has indicated there may be major difficulty reaching agreement at Bus Éireann following WRC talk’s adjournment yesterday. General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said: “Bus Éireann management have made the task of achieving a resolution to the Expressway crisis even more difficult as a result of the so-called discussion document it has just issued."

"Quite a significant number of the items outlined in Company agenda are frankly out of bounds and repulsive to our members, inclusive of reductions in core rates, zero hours contracts, job losses and the casualisation of permanent jobs within the Semi-state sector," O'Leary added. The talks in the WRC, which enter a third day today, are aimed at averting an all-out, indefinite strike over the company's planned implementation of cuts in terms and conditions.

Mr O’Leary went on to say: “The NBRU contention that a multi-stakeholder resolution is required to resolve this crisis is in fact supported by some of the details in the Bus Éireann document; the disgraceful suggestion that Bus Eireann Services into areas such as Clonmel, Grangemockler ,Callan, Kilkenny, Athlone to Westport and the vital North/South Connection between Derry and Dublin would cease to operate, suggests that the NTA and the Department have given the Green Light to replace such services with a reduced frequency, less comfortable mini-bus service, similar to that which currently operates between Portlaoise and Cashel."

"The document goes on to suggest that Bus Éireann will continue to lobby the Department of Social Protection for increased funding, as if the underfunding had just suddenly come to light.”

All parties will  be back in the WRC this morning to try find a resolution to the mounting problem.

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