Mr Ken Bryan
Acting Human Resources Manager
13th November 2017
Re: Implementation of Labour Court Recommendation 21438
I refer to the above and wish to advise that there is consternation across the Bus Éireann Network at the notion that the Company would attempt to implement the above Recommendation, without first having agreed to apply the procedures and processes contained in the document itself.
The NBRU has written to you on several occasions since the Labour Court Recommendation was accepted by our members, all of this correspondence revolved around the botched and ham-fisted attempts to implement the Boards/Rotations across all Garages/Depots.
For the record here is the list of correspondence referred above:
• 29th May 2017 (to Ray Hernan)
• 9th June (to Ken Bryan)
• 20th September (to Ray Hernan)
• 6th November (to Ken Bryan)
• 8th November (to Ken Bryan)
Practically all of the above copied to the Labour Court and the WRC.
The recent correspondence, 8th November captured all of the issues associated with this sorry saga.
Added to the detail contained in my letter of the 8th Nov, is the state of affairs at Broadstone, oppressive rosters, unworkable conditions, hanging staff out to dry under the cover of a surge in absenteeism, all because the NTA and Bus Éireann were demanding that the NX had to be operated from the 16th September, come hell or highwater.
This despite the fact that the Company were not prepared for this new service, extra twenty-four drivers required along with at least ten new Buses.
The representatives at Broadstone are at the end of their tether, having been fobbed off when they offered local management a viable roster rotation, which would have brought much needed relief to the horrendous working conditions on the current temporary (under protest) Boards at Broadstone, this ‘6 week’ temporary arrangement is now into week nine.!
Throw in the previously notified mayhem across the Bus Éireann Network, non-issuing of Boards/Rotations, insufficient engagements with local representatives, confusion on banded hours, bewilderment in relation to the voluntary severance numbers, etc.
Quite a number of our members, including senior representatives have been suggesting that someone, somewhere, has been busy designing a plan to undermine or dismantle Bus Éireann, to drag it into disrepute, with some sinister Privatisation masterplan in mind.
There are of course the cynical among the NBRU membership, which would suggest that such a scenario would suit a lot more people and organisations than the usual suspects of a Fine Gael led Government and their privateer buddies. We’ll leave that for the shop-floor tittle tattle.
In the meantime, Bus Éireann appear determined to drive on and implement the Board/Rotations changes from Sunday 19th November.
The notion that drivers would be expected to apply for Boards/Rotations, without first having had sight of all the home- based vacancies, whether boarded or Spare, fixed or rotating, is simply not tenable.
The NBRU is now putting Bus Éireann on notice that in the event that the Company will move to unilaterally implement non-agreed changes to Boards/Rotations on the 19th November, we will immediately ballot our members for industrial action.
Copy/ Mr Aidan Murphy Chairman Bus Éireann
“Mr Ray Hernan
“Mr Kevin Foley Chairman, Labour Court
“Ms Anna Perry Director, Workplace Relations Commission
“Ms Aoibheann Ni Shuilleabhain Deputy, Director WRC