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Transport Minister's shambolic policies to blame for CIE industrial action

16 February, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Seán Crowe has blamed Minister Seamus Brennan's 'shambolic' and 'incoherent' Transport policy for today's strike action. While welcoming the appointment of an independent Chairperson to chair the new talks process, Deputy Crowe said that today's action should serve as 'a shot across the bows of a Minister who is out of control, and out of touch with reality.'

Deputy Crowe said: "Minister Brennan's shambolic approach to transport policy has eroded any and all confidence the Unions had in his ability to deal with them in a fair and above board manner. Today we see the result of his incompetence in the decision of transport workers to take industrial action in order to make clear to him their anger with his method of dealing with them.

"The Minister has constantly, and repeatedly undermined negotiations with the Unions and clearly prefers to negotiate through the national media than with the workers who will be charged with implementing his incoherent transport policy. This action is a shot across the bows of a Minister who is out of control, and out of touch with reality. He would be well advised to heed it.

"While all strike action is regrettable, it is with Minister Brennan that responsibility for today's disruption lies and if he will not listen to reason or common sense, then perhaps industrial action will make him pay attention." ENDS

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