Time running out for Minister as strike date set – Munster
Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster has this evening cautioned that Minister for Transport Shane Ross can no longer stand by as Bus Éireann heads towards disaster.
Speaking after the announcement of an all-out strike by transport unions from February 20th if Bus Éireann ploughs ahead with a catalogue of cuts to workers pay and conditions, Deputy Munster urged Minister Ross to end his current policy of inaction and intervene for the sake of commuters, our public transport network and workers.
Deputy Munster said:
“It’s time Shane Ross snapped out of it. He’s been completely ineffective to date in this crisis, and now that it’s come to a head he will have to take his responsibility as Minister seriously and try to bring both sides together.
“When I questioned Minister Ross on the deadlock yesterday, asking him to encourage Bus Éireann to set aside the pre-conditions they have set out for workers so that both sides could come to the table with clean sheets, he denied that these pre-conditions existed. We have seen the letter. We know what the preconditions are. Double-speak from the Minister is absolutely not helpful in this matter.
“If his decision remains the same, and he continues to ignore the crisis, then he must accept the responsibility for the massive disruption that will ensue. The public will know that the blame lies firmly at the feet of the Minister for Transport.”