Saturday 23 September 2017

Talks between Bus Eireann and unions suspended until tomorrow: 'All parties are committed to reaching a solution'

Pickets at the Bus Éireann depot at Turner’s Cross in Cork city. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger
Pickets at the Bus Éireann depot at Turner’s Cross in Cork city. Photo: David Creedon / Anzenberger

Kathy Armstrong

Crunch talks aimed at solving the ongoing bus drivers dispute have been suspended until tomorrow, union bosses have confirmed.

Bus Eireann management met with representatives from the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) as day 15 of the bitter dispute continued.

NBRU General Secretary Dermot O'Leary said he hopes an agreement will be reached shortly.

He added: "Bus Eireann Talks are adjourned until Saturday. The WRC are taking stock overnight, it's been a Long 27 Hours.

NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary. Photo: Tony Gavin
NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary. Photo: Tony Gavin

Bus drivers began their action on March 24 over pay and plans to axe routes.

Bus Eireann management said they need to implement a €30m cost-cutting plan as soon as possible to avoid insolvency. Every day during the strike the company has also lost €500,000.

Mr O'Leary has defenced the decision for workers to keep striking during the talks and said the action will continue until they reach a deal.

He said: "Our members will remain on the picket line until a proposal emanates that they can consider."

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