With just days to go until an all out strike – affecting 100 thousand passengers a day – the dispute at Bus Eireann shows no sign of ending.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has refused to intervene and says it’s up to management and unions to resolve the crisis.
The NBRU has organised a public meeting in Clonmel this evening to try and save the Dublin to Clonmel route from closure while the Athlone-Westport and Dublin-Limerick routes are also under threat.
One of the unions representing workers SIPTU also believes that the management of bus depots in the North West will be outsourced to Galway.
Sinn Féin’s transport spokesperson Imelda Munster raised the Bus Eireann crisis in the Dáil this afternoon:
The National Bus and Rail Union is warning members to prepare for “the mother of all public transport disputes” – with an all out strike scheduled for next week.
Bus Eireann workers are due to commence indefinite strike action on Monday in a row over cost cutting at the company.
The NBRU says it’s nigh on impossible to find a resolution between now and Sunday night given the complexities of the dispute.
The General Secretary of the NBRU, Dermot O’Leary, says the indefinite strike has the potential to spread across the transport sector
These people at Sligo bus depot told Ocean FM today that any drivers strike will hit them hard.