Quinlivan calls on Minister Ross to ‘come out of hiding’ and intervene in the Bus Éireann Dispute
Members of SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union placed pickets at Colbert Station early on Friday morning in response to a decision by Bus Éireann management to impose €12 million of cuts to pay and services.
Speaking from the picket in Limerick today, Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan said:
“I visited the picket today along with Senator Paul Gavan and local Councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh at Colbert Station today to offer our support and they are very angry that they have been forced in this strike.
“Minister Shane Ross and the Fine Gael party are hell bent on taking our national bus company down the path of wage cuts, service cuts, and privatisation. This has been official party policy for Fine Gael since their 2011 manifesto pledge to open all bus routes to competition.
“In addition, the current Public Service Obligation subvention is wholly inadequate. I am calling on Minister Ross to come out of hiding, face up to his responsibilities and do the job he is being paid for.
“Fianna Fáil also have a role here; they are propping up this Government and this appalling Minister. I am calling on all elected representatives to demand that Minister Ross intervene now. These workers and the travelling public have already suffered enough.
“The Government need to immediately solve the immediate funding crisis before embarking on meaningful negotiations with all stakeholders to secure the long term future of our public bus service.”