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Solidarity with Dublin Bus Workers as Strikes Escalate

16 September 2016

TSSA members in Dublin Bus have voted today to escalate their strike action today in their battle to get their first pay deal in years. Thirteen new strike dates are set in addition to tomorrow's strike and another scheduled two day stoppage on and Thursday and Friday next week.

And bus workers will march on the Dail on September 27, when it returns from the summer recess.

Said TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes:

''These new strike dates shows the great strength of feeling over pay injustice amongst bus workers who are no longer prepared to be dealt a bad hand by the government or continue to be ignored by the Minister of Transport, Shane Ross, who couldn't have played industrial relations more badly when he said the bus dispute "is not a matter for the Ministry of Transport”. What a muppet!

"Let me tell him when bus workers are so fed up at their raw deal that they strike stopping 400,000 passengers getting to and from their daily business, when the city's streets are gridlocked and its motorway arteries jammed with cars, when the CEO of Dublin Town says shops are losing money because of low footfall, when tourists can't get to or from the airport because there's no Airlink, when tourists can't take a sightseeing bus around the fair city and when Dublin Bus is reporting a €600,000 loss each strike day, this is not just a transport matter this is a crisis that merits the attention of the Minister of Transport.

"It's not just unions that want to speak to Minister Ross. Charities, representing the blind and partially sighted, are asking him to intervene to do something because for them buses are essential to their daily life.

"Buses are an essential public service and Dublin's public now deserve the Taoiseach himself to take charge of this dispute and ensure that pay justice is seen to be delivered to our public bus workers"

The fresh strike dates are: Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 September; Saturday 1 October, Wednesday 5 October; Friday 7 October; Monday 10 October; Wednesday 12 October; Friday 14 October; Tuesday 18 October; Wednesday 19 October; Monday 24 October; Wednesday 26 October; and Saturday 29 October.

The new dates are in addition to tomorrow's strike and another two-day stoppage set for 23-24 September


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