6TH March 2017
NBRU NOTICE TO MEMBERS
WRC BUS ÉIREANN TALKS
Members are advised that the NBRU, along with Trade Union colleagues attended at the WRC today, having received a request from the Commission to defer All-out Strike Action, scheduled to take effect from midnight Sunday.
We suspended our Strike Action having first received assurances that Bus Éireann would not implement the changes as outlined in its letter of the 27th February last (55 points).
We advised the WRC that it would be very difficult for the Unions to engage in a process, ostensibly at least, to address the problems at Bus Éireann, when the Company had already implemented a number of issues over recent weeks which have already financially impacted on a number of Staff.
The WRC advised that it had sought clarity from Bus Éireann in relation to a number of these issues.
They (WRC) revealed the following:
▪Private Hire/Contractors will only be hired-in after own resources are have been exhausted
▪Staff who return from illness will be allowed to work rest-day, subject to availability
▪Current and Agreed Rostered Overtime (traditional) will continue to be rostered.
The WRC were unambiguously clear that the ‘step-back’ on the implementation of these measures was strictly for the Duration of the Talks Process only.
Whilst this situation is not entirely satisfactory to the Trade Unions, it was agreed that we would, in deference to the WRC, engage in the Talks process in order to establish if we can work towards reaching a resolution to the Expressway Crisis.
The NBRU remain of the view that an overarching, sustainable solution can only be achieved if all Stakeholders are ultimately involved in any potential final agreement.
Our ‘4’ Point Plan (attached) encapsulates all of the Issues which we contend is required to address the current crisis.
The WRC further requested that it was its intention to rely on all parties to engage on a Confidentially basis over the next number of days, bearing in mind that some of the information may be commercial sensitive and it’s public airing may be detrimental to Bus Eireann”s operations.
Members will be advised as to further development.