Monday 24 October 2016

Shane Ross 'did not object to plans to cut Bus Eireann workers' pay'

An Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Published 23/09/2016 | 13:39

Bus Eireann workers, inset Shane Ross
Bus Eireann workers, inset Shane Ross
Minister for Transport Shane Ross

TRANSPORT Minister Shane Ross did not object to plans to cut Bus Eireann workers' pay and terms and conditions and subcontract routes to make €7m savings.

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Sources revealed that he had a detailed briefing with management including Chief Executive Martin Nolan on September 11 and raised no objections.

The minister received a far more detailed briefing than was given to unions earlier this week.

It is understood that he has given management a mandate for the plan to restructure the company by turning Expressway into a subsidiary.

It has also been revealed that the company wants to reduce the number of full time staff at Expressway from 550 to between 400 and 450. However, some of these may be redeployed or take voluntary redundancy.

The company has never had compulsory redundancies but has not ruled them out as it expects to lose €6m this year.

Sources said the number of support staff will be reduced and there will be a smaller managementer team.

Unions are balloting for industrial action over the plan.

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