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TSSA Demands Irish Government Ensures CIE Solvency Over Coronavirus

23 March 2020

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has written to Irish Transport Minister, Shane Ross TD, calling for Dublin to 'ensure that the CIE (Córas Iompair Éireann) group of companies will be adequately funded throughout the Covid-19 emergency'..

The urgent intervention on Ireland's largest Public Transport Provider follows a letter last week to Ross from the boss of the transport and travel union, calling for government childcare support in the wake of the closure of Irish schools.

Cortes is now demanding a ‘swift’ response, stating it was ‘clear that the CIE group will suffer a severe reduction in revenue during this period’.

In the letter Cortes goes on - ‘It's our union's view that the government must now step up to the plate by providing CIE companies with assurances that any lost revenue during the crisis is underwritten by the government and cost risk transferred to the government.

‘This is an unprecedented emergency for the country which necessitates exceptional government interventions at this point in time.

‘The workers in the CIE group of companies should not be expected to withstand the economic burden of this emergency. The government should immediately guarantee the CIE group of company workers that their jobs are not at risk.

‘Public transport will be crucial in ensuring key workers are able to continue in their vital roles’.

The full text of the letter to Shane Ross is as follows -

Minister Shane Ross, TD

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Leeson Lane,

Dublin 2

RE: Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

23 March 2020

Dear Minister,

Further our letter of the 13 March 2020 I am writing to you seeking assurances that the Department of transport will ensure that the CIE group of companies will be adequately funded throughout the Covid-19 emergency.

It is clear that the CIE group of companies will suffer a severe reduction in revenue during this period. It's our union's view that the government must now step up to the plate by providing CIE companies with assurances that any lost revenue during the crisis is underwritten by the government and cost risk transferred to the government. This is an unprecedented emergency for the country which necessitates exceptional government interventions at this point in time.

The workers in the CIE group of companies should not be expected to withstand the economic burden of this emergency. The government should immediately guarantee the CIE group of company workers that their jobs are not at risk. This guarantee will give staff the confidence and certainty so they can continue to ensure public transport continues and they continue to play their part in the national interest. Staff need certainty in these unprecedented times.

Public transport will be crucial in ensuring key workers are able to continue in their vital roles. As our members continue to ensure the safe delivery of public transport during this emergency, they should not suffer a detriment as result of the measures put in place to help combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

I trust you will act swiftly on this issue.

Yours sincerely

Manuel Cortes

General Secretary 

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