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Bus Éireann must re-engage with Union - Imelda Munster TD

14 March, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD


Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Imelda Munster TD has said management at Bus Éireann are in no position to walk away from talks with its workers’ representatives having deliberately avoided engagement for the past five months.

Teachta Munster called on the company to re-engage with the Union representing its workers and to find a solution that is acceptable to all side.

Speaking this afternoon Deputy Munster said;

 “The unions have always proved that they are willing to engage.  They have been requesting engagement for the past five months.

“For management to attempt to call a halt to the talks without agreeing a reasonable timeframe to allow the unions to engage with their members is a bit rich.

“The unions have identified measures to stamp out inefficiencies while maintaining a decent wage for workers.  This should be considered by management.

“It is also quite telling that, while management have outlined proposed cuts to the terms and conditions of ordinary workers, no such detail has been provided for people in senior management positions.

 “This would seen to indicate that it is the ordinary workers who are to feel all the pain in the proposed solution from management.  That simply is not on.

“Management must re-engage with the Union representing its workers to find a solution that is acceptable to all.

“Transport Minister Shane Ross is abdicating his responsibility to ensure transport services for rural Ireland.  He has a duty to engage and he must do that now before strike action begins.”

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