8th November 2017
NBRU PRESS RELEASE
NBRU accept an invitation from the Labour Court to discuss rail dispute, but cautions against expectations of resolution.
General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said:
“Whilst accepting that the Labour Courts invitation is a potential step forward in attempting to resolve this debilitating and unnecessary dispute, it should be borne in mind that the intransigence displayed by Irish Rail Management, led it should be said by the CEO, together with tacit support from the Department of Transport, will make an overall resolution to this dispute more difficult than it might otherwise have been, had the Company (over recent weeks), acted in an appropriate manner, with both its own Staff and the State’s third party industrial relations institutions.”
Mr O’Leary went on to say:
“The extraordinary statement by the Taoiseach in the Dáil yesterday, where he singled out the State-owned Córas Iompair Éireann Group of Companies by suggesting it is “always necessary” to have a few days of strikes, (when other transport links do not result in that), neglecting to mention that our colleagues in the privately operated Luas were involved in 12 days of Strikes in their pay dispute, clearly demonstrated a Blueshirt bias at the heart of Government against the State-owned Public Transport providers. The awarding of State contracts, (by the NTA), which contain little or no provision for pay rises is a matter that will require to be urgently addressed, the alternative is that the spectre of public transport disputes, creating economic hardship in their wake, will hang over the Country in the months and years ahead.”