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All out strike action at Bus Éireann from just after midnight on Monday

23 March 2017

TSSA members at Bus Éireann will begin all out strike action on 00:01 on Monday ahead of the company's board meeting on Monday when Bus Éireann board are expected to ratify proposals to restructure the company which will sanction non-negotiated compulsory redundancies, pay cuts - including an immediate pay cut for bus inspectors - and attacks on terms of conditions of all remaining staff. 

Said TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, "TSSA remains ready and willing to re-enter talks with Bus Éireann any time and place but, the company are stonewalling us. They have made a sham of the negotiations in which we entered in good faith at the Workplace Relations Committee earlier this month.  They broke off the talks last week and have not sought to return to the table since. 

"They sent out an offer of voluntary severance deals by email to all staff only to withdraw the offer an hour later saying the offer had been made in error. And now they are enforcing job losses but refuse to say where and when these cuts will fall and they are imposing salary cuts and they are attacking terms and conditions.  And of course, they will slash their services across Ireland ripping the heart out of the country's public bus services. 

"This is no way to practice enlightened industrial relations. Our members are not serfs. Enda Kenny should hang his head in shame that on his government's watch Bus Éireann are whipping public service workers as though they are slaves. TSSA members want to deliver passengers but they are being forced out to defend their livelihoods because Bus Éireann bosses are leaving no other route open.

"Our members are really sick to the back teeth of being kicked by callous, vindictive bosses who are forcing a fight on us we did not want. But we're not blinking. Our fight back in defence of jobs, vital public service and the right of our union to negotiate on behalf of our members begins Sunday night."  

There will be a joint bus union protest outside the Bus Éireann Board meeting on Monday which TSSA's General Secretary, Manuel Cortes will attend.

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