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TSSA Bus Éireann members vote overwhelmingly for strike action

31 January 2017

TSSA members at Bus Eireann have voted overwhelmingly for strike action if the company plans to press ahead with cuts to bus routes and axe jobs under the guise of dealing with a €7million loss this financial year.

 91% of the 56% ballots returned voted to take industrial action upto and including strike action. There were no spoiled ballot papers.

Said TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes,

"There can be no doubting the strength of feeling within Bus Eireann's workforce that Ireland's bus service is worth protecting. They know the service they provide gives Ireland it's transport backbone. Any transport system worth its salt begins and ends with buses. Bus Eireann workers know this. The question is does Transport Minister Shane Ross?

"Ross has gone missing in action again while Ireland's villages and towns - let alone its bus workers - are in turmoil at the prospect of unnecessary cuts diminishing their service. He needs to come out of hiding and do his job as Transport Minister and protect the services and the bus workers who have provided it - for the last eight years without a pay rise - from the mismanagement intent on breaking it. If he won't move to save it, then our bus workers will use their huge strike mandate and join with other bus unions in coordinated industrial action and show of workers unity and resistance to Ross intransigence. Bus workers know Ireland's people need buses. Ireland's passengers know they need buses. It's just Ireland's Transport Minister that seems not to get that. If he won't come out of hiding and stick up for them he should stand down forthwith."

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