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Minister Ross’s Invisible Man Routine no comfort to commuters – Boylan

23 September, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP for Dublin Lynn Boylan has described continued Government inaction in the face of the ongoing industrial action by Dublin Bus drivers as ‘unacceptable’, saying that no worker considers strike action lightly and only ever as a last resort. 

Ms Boylan said:

“While the people of Dublin are of course disadvantaged by the strike action, Dublin Bus drivers like any other workers are entitled to take industrial action and do so as a last resort. Dublin Bus drivers do not live in isolation; they too have commuting families who are affected by this industrial action.

“Minister Shane Ross may not wish to be a 'sugar daddy' for the bus drivers but that does not absolve him of a duty of care to the travelling public.  His 'Where’s Wally' approach to this dispute is not going to wash with commuters.  He, as Minister for Transport, is the shareholder in Dublin Bus. He must politically intervene and insist that a mediator is put in place between workers and management.

“The media smear campaign against the strike is in full swing with tales of traffic gridlock and businesses losing revenue. None of this takes into account that no worker takes strike action lightly. There is financial cost to workers when they withdraw their labour. 

“Sinn Féin and I stand with the bus drivers in their action. We hope that Minister Ross stops hiding and instead offers some constructive assistance in the matter before the ultimate resort of all-out action is required. The people of Dublin would like to see some leadership at this time.” 

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