Ireland - Exploratory talks at Dublin bus - September 30, 2016

The threat of an all-out transport strike looms as trade unions warn that bus and rail workers will join forces to bring the country to a complete standstill. The possibility of this combined action has been publicised after the largest union at Bus Éireann announced a ballot over plans to turn Expressway into a ‘low-wage bus service’. The company revealed plans to implement new terms and conditions for Expressway workers, separate the business from the rest of Bus Éireann and sub-contract some routes. An all-out strike would be most likely if Bus Éireann and Irish Rail staff joined the picket lines in support of members of their unions at Dublin Bus. The result could ultimately be a crippling series of rolling strikes or an all-out strike among workers at CIÉ companies. Exploratory talks between unions representing transport workers (SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union, NBRU) and management at Dublin Bus aimed at averting further strikes has started on 26 September 2016. This meeting follows the intervention of the Workplace Relations Commission inviting the parties to engage in this talks without preconditions to try to find a joint resolution.

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