Over 95% of Bus Éireann services disrupted by strike

Sunday 12 May 2013 22.50
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Members of other Bus Éireann unions - SIPTU and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association - are not passing pickets
Members of other Bus Éireann unions - SIPTU and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association - are not passing pickets
Bus Éireann has apologised for any inconvenience caused due to this industrial action
Bus Éireann has apologised for any inconvenience caused due to this industrial action

Bus Éireann has said that over 95% of services are disrupted due to the strike action by workers, which looks set to continue into tomorrow and beyond.

The strike is being carried out by workers affiliated to the National Bus and Rail Union.

Half the drivers at the company are affiliated to SIPTU. However, Bus Éireann spokesman Andrew McLindon said it appeared members of other Bus Éireann unions SIPTU and the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association are not passing pickets.

NBRU General Secretary Michael Faherty said the strike will continue tomorrow and into the coming days unless there is an intervention.

He said his members are concerned at statements by Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar, who has called on the union to bring alternative ideas to the table. Mr Faherty said that is never going to happen.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said the industrial action by Bus Éireann workers is not good for the travelling public, not good for the company and not good for employees.

He said the unions and management need to get together and talk. 

Speaking on RTÉ's Marian Finucane Show, Mr McLindon said the financial position of the company is precarious.

He said that this view was agreed upon by the Labour Court and the unions' own financial experts.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has said the disruption is deeply regrettable. 

He said: "the union should immediately engage with the company in talks to bring this matter to resolution."

Mr Varadkar added: "We must all work together to save Bus Éireann services and jobs that there is not time to lose."

Minister for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly also urged Bus Éireann and the NBRU to engage in talks.

Speaking on RTÉ's This Week, he said that it was imperative for passengers that a solution is found quickly.

He said the dispute "could not continue for weeks and weeks as the company was losing not only loyalty but also €200,000 a day".

Mr Kelly said that the reform proposed by Bus Éireann was needed to protect jobs and under state aid rules the Government cannot fund the company in order to resolve the financial difficulties it is experiencing.

From today Bus Éireann are implementing a €5m cost cutting plan in line with Labour Court recommendations.

Dublin Bus has said that it does not expect to be affected by the strikes.

The following services only are currently operating:

Expressway Inter-city

Route 1 Dublin-Belfast No Bus Éireann services operating.

Translink services are operating.

Translink services are at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00 and 22:00 EX Dublin.

Services Ex Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.

Route 30

1500 Donegal-Dublin will operate

1700 Donegal-Dublin will operate

Route 33 Dublin-Derry no Bus Éireann services operating. Translink services are operating.

Translink services are at 10:00, 13:00, 17:300 and 22:00. Services from Dublin will operate from Custom House Quay.

GOBE – Dublin Airport-Cork

All services expected to operate with services operating from Dublin city centre will pick up at Georges Quay.

Services operating in North-West

Table 492 –

0730 Dungloe/Glenties/Ardaghey/Donegal

1745 Donegal/Killybegs/Ardara/Glenties/Maas/Lettermacaward/Dungloe

2145 Donegal/Killybegs/Ardara/Glenties/Maas/Lettermacaward/Dungloe

Table 492 and 30 -

1520 Dungloe/Donegal/Dublin.

1345 Glencolmbcille/Killybegs/Donegal/Dublin.

2100 Dublin/Donegal/Glenties

Bus Éireann apologises for any inconvenience caused due to this industrial action.

For further information go to the Bus Éireann website.