Sinn Fein Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has welcomed the establishment of a group aimed at resolving the ongoing industrial dispute at Dublin Bus but branded it as a very late development and a costly after thought.
Deputy Ellis said;
“While it is positive that the government now recognises the need to investigate the causes of the dispute and the potential for a resolution it is a very late development which comes after months of negotiation and one strike action.
“Government policy formation seems to be backward and they are still unwilling to accept their responsibility for the dispute by implementing cuts to public transport which were likely to hurt services and workers.
“Sinn Fein believes government policy must undergo impact assessments before implementation. If Minister Varadkar had undertaken such an endeavour before the decision to enforce these cuts we could have avoided the whole dispute. I asked him to do such an assessment numerous times in the Dáil only to be told that he had no responsibility for this.
“The Dublin Bus workers have shown Minister Varadkar and his government that not everyone will accept their austerity agenda and forced them to take some responsibility for the potential repercussions of their policies.”