BUS STRIKE CALLED OFF
Travel chaos has been averted this weekend after bus unions called off their planned strike.
It follows marathon talks at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) between unions and management at Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus in a bid to resolve the row over the privatisation of 10 percent of bus routes.
The threat of future strike action has also been withdrawn.
The Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has welcomed the news and says the NTA will now go ahead with its tendering process.
General Secretary of the National Bus and Rail Workers Union (NBRU) Dermot O’Leary says they have secured a number of commitments for workers.
“The future employment and security of tenure and the grantee that terms and conditions will remain as they are at both bus companies – added to and aided by I suppose the commitment on growth and the commitment to fund that growth”.
“They also assure us that there is no intention by this government to privatise any bus services beyond 2019” he added.