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Dail's Refusal to Talk Forces Bus Workers to Strike Again

14 September 2016

TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes praised the determination of Dublin bus workers who are about to be forced out on strike for a second week as they seek to get wage justice. And he condemns the Irish government for refusing to respond to intervene in the dispute so that Dublin Bus can put a better offer on the table.

 "Let's face it, the government are showing they don't give a fig about Dublin's bus workers or passengers who rely on buses running on time.

"Bus workers haven't had a pay rise for eight years and now they are being effectively locked out of work again tomorrow and Friday because of intransigence from Ministers who are conspiring privately and pulling the strings to block a resolution to this dispute rather than working to ensure Dublin Bus workers get a fair day's pay for a fair days work.

"I'm awed by the determination and the solidarity of the bus workers to get wage justice. And on behalf of TSSA members I thank the city's passengers for the support and patience they are showing through this dispute.

"It's going to have to be negotiated in the end so the sooner the Government allow Dublin Bus company to accept the unions invite to talk the sooner we can get Dublin running again. So time for Ministers to show some leadership so that our members can get on with keeping Dublin moving!"

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