Adams urges government and management to negotiate on Bus strike
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams today joined the picket line at the Longwalk Street, Dundalk bus station in solidarity with the workers.
The Louth TD has urged the Minister for Transport Paschal Donoghue to accept that it is the government’s plan to privatise 10 per cent of bus routes, with potentially more to follow, that has led to today’s strike action.
Teachta Adams said:
“The bus strike is about the very real concerns that workers and their unions have about working conditions and pensions; the future plans the government has for the privatisation of all bus services; and the impact of all of this on an essential public service.
“The selling off of 10% of public transport routes to private interests, and 100% of bus routes in Waterford, has heightened public concern at the government’s privatisation plans.
“The impact of these plans, especially in rural areas will be significant.
“Workers and their unions are justifiably concerned and the Minister for Transport has failed to allay their fears.”