Sunday 24 September 2017

I can't see bus drivers striking to protect a 36-hour clerical work week

Has nobody told Bus Eireann and the trade unions representing its workers that it's good to talk? And even better if each side concedes a little ground for that all-important meeting in the middle?

I only ask, because judging by the rumblings from the national carrier, public transport disruption could be bearing down on bus passengers within weeks. As of early January, when ballots are counted, the unions are confident they'll have a mandate for potential strike action.

Now, I really don't believe any bus worker wants to go on strike, however hard done by they feel. Not straight after Christmas, with bills due to arrive, and never during a recession.

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