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In the jaw of an all-out bus strike, Minister still says no to engagement – Munster

1 March, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD today said it is extremely irresponsible of Minister Shane Ross to say that neither he nor his department are willing to engage with the National Transport Authority (NTA), Bus Éireann management and the unions, despite the fact that we are in the jaws of an all-out public bus strike in 5 days’ time.

Speaking today at the Transport Committee, Deputy Munster said:

“Minister Ross seems has no qualms about sitting back and allowing an all-out strike to go ahead on Monday. It’s no secret that public transport was never going to be a priority for him.

“He seems very comfortable in expecting Irish commuters to accept a second class public transport service, when he states that replacement services may not be as frequent or as comfortable as current services.”

Deputy Munster asked Minister Ross if he was proud of that statement, and the fact that he expects people to accept second class, second rate public transport on his watch.

“He seems incapable of grasping the support that is out there against the race to the bottom for workers’ rights, and the fight that people are prepared to take on to protect rural and urban public services.”

“The public know fine well that this is a political policy and mismanagement, and not the bus drivers, that created the bus crisis.” 

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