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Dublin Bus management must engage with unions - Morgan

13 November, 2007


Sinn Féin TD and Workers Rights Spokesperson Arthur Morgan has called on Dublin Bus management to sit down with unions representing the Harristown garage bus workers before the dispute escalates to other garages across the city.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Common sense must prevail. Refusal by management to engage in discussions with unions can only serve to deepen the dispute and further inconvenience commuters.

"Clearly the new routes are an issue of contention with the Harristown bus workers. Many of the workers and their families live in the vicinity of the garage or on routes serviced by the M50 and M1 both of which are located near the garage.

"Like all other families in the city the Harristown bus workers have to incorporate dropping and collecting of children from school as well as commutes to and from work.

"Having to now start, finish and take breaks in the city centre is naturally a cause for concern for these workers. It will add additional hours onto their working day and in some instances severely disrupt established routines.

"Dublin Bus management need to initiate a constructive dialogue with SIPTU and the NBRU as a matter of urgency. This would be in the best interests of the company, its workers and the thousands of commuters who are currently being inconvenienced by this dispute." CRÍOCH

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