Public transport sector not facing a 'spring of discontent' - DonohoeSunday 20 March 2016 15.12
The acting Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has said he does not believe the public transport sector is facing into a spring of discontent.
His comments come as a result of recent strike action by Luas workers and pressure from the National Bus and Rail Workers' Union for better pay.
Speaking on RTÉ's This Week programme, Mr Donohoe indicated that in order for a season of strikes to be avoided, the Government needs to look at reforming workplace relations bodies.
He continued that there should be dialogue between all stakeholders to look at how the Labour Court and Workplace Relations Commission can do their work in a more effective manner.
However Mr Donohoe said he would not consider, for the moment, legislating for compulsory arbitration.
The Dublin Central TD also said he accepts that wage growth is an important part of replenishing Ireland's "bruised" economy.
However he said that any increase in pay needs to be based on affordability which does not compromise goods and services provided.