North West bus-drivers not hopeful of a Labour Court resolution

Bus drivers on the picket line in Sligo say they are not hopeful that anything will be achieved at today’s Labour Court hearing.

Talks aimed at resolving the Bus Eireann dispute have broken down overnight.

Unions say they offered 18 million euro in savings to the company – but that outside parties were interfering in the talks.

Bus Eireann management say agreement was reached on cutting inefficiencies at the company – but that unions representing drivers rejected an offer that would deliver financial viability.

Both sides will meet at the Labour Court this afternoon in another bid to end the strike.

However, speaking to Ocean FM News on the picket line in Sligo this morning Rory McTighe of SIPTU said they feel like they are back to square one:

Both sides in the Bus Eireann dispute will meet at the Labour Court this afternoon in another effort to end the strike that’s now in its 17th day.

But striking Bus Eireann workers in Sligo are among those who say they are now prepared for what could be a longer dispute.

They had hoped to be back driving buses this morning but this did not happen after talks aimed at resolving the row broke down last night.

Rory McTighe, of SIPTU, was among those on the picket line at the Bus Eireann depot in Sligo this morning.

He fears there’s an effort to get rid of Bus Eireann entirely.