Ireland -Public transport workers forced to choose between working conditions and jobs -June 7, 2012


Bus company Bus Éireann told trade unions it needs to cut annual spending by 20 million euros but seeks to avoid redundancies. The company has asked unions to agree to a voluntary severance scheme, a longer working week for clerical and executive employees and redeployment between both departments, lower salaries for new employees, cutbacks in holiday payment, sick leave and worker allowances as well as geographical areas without compensation. Unions have threatened industrial action if workers’ pay is slashed. The bus company got into trouble at increased competition, higher fuel prices and reduced government subsidies. The Irish rail company, Iarnród Éireann, is currently discussing a redundancy package for 450 employees and the Dublin bus management and unions are also in cost saving negotiations.

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