Privatisation Agenda and Race to the Bottom for Workers – Munster
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Transport Imelda Munster has pressed Minister Shane Ross to ensure Dublin Bus Management re-enter talks with the workers and their unions in an effort to find a resolution to the bus strike.
Deputy Munster told the Minister that the refusal of Dublin Bus Management to engage with the unions has left workers no other option but to continue with strike action.
Deputy Munster said:
“The Minister for Transport has responsibility for our public transport network and therefore there is an onus on him to insist that Dublin Bus Management re-engage in negotiations to ensure there is no further escalation in strike action.
“The ongoing strike action coupled with the prospect of possible additional strike action by Bus Éireann workers following the meeting with Bus Éireann management yesterday at the WRC where management proposed separating out the entire Bus Éireann Expressway service from the rest and bringing in new terms and conditions for workers and privatising a number of routes within Expressway.
“This clearly exposes the government’s privatisation agenda and a race to the bottom for workers’ rights. It also shows the government and the department are hell bent on inflicting a low wage transport service whilst ignoring the fact that it has been the severe cuts in state subvention and lack of investment in our public transport network that has brought about the situation we are now faced with.
“Privatisation of our public transport network and a race to the bottom for workers’ rights is not acceptable. What is needed is increased subvention and investment to deliver a first class public transport network.”