17th January 2017
NBRU PRESS RELEASE
NBRU respond to Managements proposed cuts to core terms and conditions at Bus Éireann.
General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said:
“It is nothing short of scandalous that Bus Éireann would resort to attacking its own staff through cutting their wages to facilitate the Minister and his Department into becoming a reincarnation of Pontius Pilate in denying all responsibility for creating the Expressway Crisis.
Attempting to ensnare ordinary workers into a Labyrinth of political deceit is disgraceful, and clearly demonstrates the contempt that those who make policy, those that implement policy have for decent workers who go about their daily toil far, far away from where life impacting decisions are made. It is insulting to Bus Workers to suggest that a pay rise is available of up to 3% when the threatened cuts contained in the correspondence are in order of 25% plus”
Mr O’Leary went on to say:
“We have today informed Bus Éireann Management that we will not accept any imposition of cuts to our members pay, we also advised that there was a real danger here that the Transport Infrastructure in this Country could be forced into Industrial turmoil if such an attack was initiated. The responsibility for this crisis goes way beyond industrial relations parameters, the fingerprints of a number of Government agencies are all over the crime scene here, the Department of Transport, NTA, NTMA and the Department of Social Protection have all had a part to play in forcing this once proud Transport Company to its knees; staff for their part had the perfect alibi, they were providing a public transport service for the citizens of the State.
We will now arrange to meet with Trade Union Colleagues over the next number of days to agree on a coordinated and united approach to this stomach-churning initiative”Letter to the Unions 18 01 2017 – FinalNBRU Response to Bus Eireann CEO on Potential Cuts to Terms and Conditions January 2016NBRU Press Release on Cuts to T’s and C’s LAST VERSION