Bus Ã‰ireann Statement
At this stage of the day, it is highly unlikely that meaningful talks will take place with the trade unions before midnight.
As such, Bus Éireann anticipates that industrial action will be taken against the company by the NBRU from midnight, which will cause disruption to services on Sunday and possibly beyond that.
The company remains available for talks. To date, it has not received any credible and viable alternatives from the trade unions that will provide the same level of savings as outlined in the Labour Court recommendation.
Bus Éireann will do its upmost to maintain as many services as it can on Sunday as long as it is safe to do so.
However, further disruption to services on Sunday and beyond may be caused by other staff refusing to cross NBRU pickets. However, the company is unfortunately not in a position at the moment to tell its customers exactly what impact this might have on service levels as other trade unions have not confirmed whether its members will present for work on Sunday.
Bus Éireann advises any customers intending to travel on Sunday to check www.buseireann.ie and national and local media for the latest information on disruption to services caused by this industrial action.
Bus Éireann would like to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.
According to the Labour Court, the very viability of Bus Éireann and the 2,500 jobs it provides and the over 300 routes around the country that it operates are at risk unless it implements €5m in cost savings from terms and conditions. The company will implement the Labour Court recommendations, which protect core wages and employment levels in the company, from May 12.
Saturday, 11th May, 2013