NBRU PRESS RELEASE
NBRU respond to Bus Éireann’s letter to staff with regard to so-called saving proposals
General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said:
“our members at Bus Éireann will not be cooperating with any changes to current terms and conditions or work practices in the absence of an agreed forum being convened to discuss all the issues which have contributed to the crisis at Expressway: the notion that tinkering around the edges of staff entitlements will resolve this problem is simply ludicrous and will only serve to further antagonise workers at Bus Éireann.
There is an obvious attempt being made here to inject volatility into Company/Staff relations to create an impression that workers are being unreasonable and that the totality of the problem, and therefore the solution, lies within normal industrial relations parameters, nothing could be further from the truth.”
Mr O’Leary went on to say:
“The reality here is that the negative intervention of the regulator (NTA) over recent years has led to an oversupply of seat capacity and is directly impacting on the ability of Bus Éireann to continue to operate its Expressway link into Rural Ireland.
The connectivity that the extensive Bus Éireann Network provides to enable the citizens of the State to move around and engage in vital social and economic activity is in real danger of unravelling.
The issues at the core of this dispute are dominated by policy decisions being taken far away from Rural Ireland, remote from those who need their transport service. Forcing staff into bringing the entire service to a shuddering halt by incrementally cutting terms and conditions is not conducive to finding a resolution to this crisis and is tantamount to a dereliction of the political responsibility which this situation demands”