Privatisation still Fine Gaels plan for public transport – Ellis
Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has said he welcomed that the NBRU and SIPTU feel industrial action is no longer necessary following talks at the LRC, but warned that privatisation was still at the heart of the government's plans for public transport and that must be strongly opposed.
Deputy Ellis said:
“I am glad that agreement could be made with NTA and the Minister for Transport which workers representatives feel will protect their members interests, but privatisation remains on the agenda and that is going to be bad for workers, unions, and the public into the future.
“The Minister is still intent on privatisation routes currently serviced by Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus and that will in the future undermine these public transport companies and the public transport network as a whole. The Minister tries to deny this is privatisation, but it is the thin end of the wedge and comes after years of the Fine Gael/Labour government cutting from the very low subvention received by these two public bus companies.
“If private profit driven companies can eat away at the routes held by Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus, it will force them to abandon routes which are less profitable but people depend on. A public transport company is not about making profit, it’s is about serving the general public. The companies Fine Gael want to see replace Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus will be more concerned with shareholders and CEO bonuses than the public good.
“Sinn Féin will continue to completely oppose the government’s privatisation agenda.”