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Public back bus workers fighting latest austerity package

12 May 2013

Government Ministers have badly misread public opinion in the escalating Bus Eireann dispute, TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said today.

Speaking on the opening day of his union's annual conference in Glasgow, the union general secretary said public opinion was now swinging on the side of the workforce opposing wage cuts and service cutbacks.
He attacked Ministers after delegates overwhelmingly backed TSSA members who faced disciplinary action for refusing to cross picket lines ahead of the result of their own strike ballot on Thursday.
"The workforce at Bus Eireann are saying enough is enough. After six years of the working people of Ireland picking up the tab for the bankers and politicians who failed them, they are saying they are not going to carry this burden alone.
"Why should austerity apply only to ordinary people and not the men in the boardroom who took the economy over the cliff in the first place?
"The public recognise this is part of a bigger picture and that is why they are not blaming us for the disruption to services. The Government tried the blame game and it is has now backfired on them."
He called on management to withdraw its cuts programme to allow peace talks to take place as soon as possible.

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