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Ireland's Bus √Čireann strike now longer than Britain's General Strike and longest consecutive strike in TSSA history

4 April 2017

As the Bus √Čireann strike enters its 12th day, Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) General Secretary, Manuel Cortes says the Bus Eireann strike is now the longest in the TSSA's 120 year history and he reiterates his call on Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to order Bus Eireann bosses back to the talking table.

"This Bus Éireann dispute marks a new low in the whole history of modern Ireland, with services at a standstill for the last 12 days.

"Our Bus Éireann members are now involved in the longest continuous strike in our union's 120 year history. That's twelve days and counting with no serious leadership from either Transport Minister, Shane Ross, or Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, to resolve the dispute which is so badly affecting the rural economy across Ireland. If the strike was hurting Dublin, it would have been settled a long time ago".

"This strike is now even longer than the infamous British General Strike of 1926. This tells you two things: one, members have no history of taking-strike action lightly and, two, the continuing refusal of Bus Eireann to constructively engage in negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) is turning this dispute into a lock-out.

"Every day for twelve long days I have been asking for the company to return to the negotiating table they walked away from three weeks ago. If the company won't sort getting back to the WRC of their own accord, then the Taoiseach as the company's only shareholder, must order them to do so. Otherwise he will face charges of colluding in the lock-out and failing to take action to prevent the terrible spectacle of an Irish government denying it's own people of their right to a livelihood."

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