Monday 5 December 2016

'No option' other than stopping services on Wednesday ahead of Thursday's strike - Dublin Bus

Cian Murray

Published 06/09/2016 | 13:46

Dublin buses parked up at Broadstone Garage
Dublin buses parked up at Broadstone Garage

Dublin Bus will stop services at 9pm tomorrow in order to have their buses back at the depot ahead of Thursday and Friday's industrial action.

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Services will cease at 9pm on Wednesday, not Thursday morning as originally anticipated.

A statement released from Dublin Bus said this stoppage is “to ensure the safe and secure return of buses to each depot prior to the commencement of industrial action”.

The last Dublin Bus will leave the depot at 21:00 on Wednesday evening.

Clíodhna Ní Fhatharta, media and communications manager for Dublin Bus, said that this decision was made by Dublin Bus management, rather than the unions.

"This decision was made by Dublin Bus management on the grounds of health and safety. We have no option but to finish services at 9pm due to the trade unions confirming the strike action will take place from midnight tomorrow.

"This decision was made to ensure that all buses (981 in our fleet) can return to each of our seven depots and be parked up safely and securely," she told Independent.ie.

Dublin Bus apologises to customers for this inconvenience which is being caused due to industrial action by all grades of employees.

This will affect a number of services, including the the Airlink, the Ghost Tour which is cancelled entirely on Wednesday and the Nitelink.

This follows confirmation that the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) and Siptu will stage three 48 hour stoppages over the next month, the first of which will take place on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 of September.

Approximately 400,000 passengers will be affected on Thursday and Friday as a result of the action. 

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