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Transport Committee to write to Minister for talks with unions without pre-conditions - Imelda Munster TD

15 February, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport, Imelda Munster TD made a proposal at today’s Transport Committee meeting that the Committee write to the Minister for Transport, the Taoiseach and the acting CEO of Bus Éireann management to request that they meet with the unions and set aside the cost-cutting measures outlined in a letter sent to workers to allow for negotiations on the current crisis.

This proposal was agreed unanimously.

Deputy Munster said:

“Given that we’re five days away from strike action by the workers it is imperative that government and Bus Éireann management enter into talks without pre-conditions in an effort to avoid the chaos that will transpire across our public transport network.”

“It is also important to recognise that the unions have repeatedly called for such talks and have been given the deaf ear.”

“There is an onus on the government, the Minister for Transport and the CEO of Bus Éireann to do all in their power to avert a strike and to recognise that the contents of that letter sent to workers was inflammatory, to say the least, particularly in light of the fact that the cause of this financial crisis was not of the workers’ making”.

“The government needs to accept responsibility for the bad policy and mismanagement of our public transport network that has brought us to this situation in the first instance”.

Deputy Munster concluded that she welcomed the fact her proposal got unanimous support from committee members, but the responsibility now lies with the Minister and the CEO to intervene and do all in their power to avert the disruption a strike will cause.

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