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Ross will be responsible for travel chaos if strike goes ahead - Imelda Munster TD

8 February, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has today criticised the government and Minister Shane Ross’s response to the crisis in Bus Éireann, saying that the current situation at Expressway stems from poor government policy and a refusal by Minister Shane Ross to engage with workers.

Deputy Munster:

“There has been no admission from Minister Shane Ross, or his government colleagues that the crisis in Bus Éireann and Expressway stems from bad policy decisions taken by government.”

“The unions were looking for engagement long before the inflammatory letter cutting workers’ wages by up to 30% was sent out by management. The Minister refused to engage even then.”

“Minister Ross needs to lift the ultimatum sent out to workers so that talks can begin.”

Deputy Munster also said that Minister Ross needs to realise that he and his government colleagues will be directly responsible for the chaos and disruption that is in the pipeline if they continue to refuse to participate in finding a solution to the current crisis.

Deputy Munster:

“Nobody is saying there aren’t inefficiencies at Bus Éireann. We see inefficiencies daily in government policy, right across the board. Just look at the mess made by the HSE with hospital waiting lists.”

“If the Minister continues to refuse to instruct Bus Éireann management to engage constructively leaving the provocative ultimatum aside the workers have no choice but to go on strike. A strike will mean disruption for workers, commuters, college students, tourism and people who need to attend hospital appointments.”

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