Bus Éireann statement on SIPTU's notice of Industrial Action
Bus Éireann has been officially notified of Siptu’s intention to carry out industrial action for consecutive days on two weekends in May, commencing on 1 May 2015. The NBRU have previously notified us of industrial action on 1 May 2015. We are very disappointed that the threat of disruption to our services has been escalated, which can only damage the business and severely discommode so many customers.
The company strongly urges the trade unions to reconsider and avoid any industrial action that will adversely impact our customers and their everyday journeys to work, colleges, and those who need to visit family or friends.
We are also particularly mindful of students starting exams around this time, and many of those who will have travel plans for a busy Bank Holiday weekend.
Bus Éireann has responded to every request to participate in the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) discussions regarding the decision by the NTA (National Transport Authority) to tender 10% of bus routes.
We agreed to Siptu’s recent request to meet regarding their issues, and stated that we would do so under the auspices of the LRC, and we still remain available to meet any of the parties involved in the ongoing process.
These talks include the National Transport Authority, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dublin Bus and the trade unions.
Bus Éireann wants to assure all of our customers that we will make every endeavour to avoid any disruption to services, and we will continue to engage in efforts with all parties to find a resolution to the matter. We will provide further information updates on our website www.buseireann.ie
Monday, 20th April, 2015