Threat of strike infecting the rail network prompted talks
Nobody's going to admit it, but it's no coincidence that talks to end the crippling Dublin Bus strikes were called as soon as there was a hint that they could infect the entire bus and rail network.
Last week, the seriousness of the dispute went up a notch when fears grew that industrial action could spread to other CIE companies. Dermot O'Leary of the NBRU warned that Irish Rail drivers will not tolerate the prospect of their bus colleagues being forced to stand on picket lines for an "inordinate" period of time.
There was speculation that passengers could face the immediate prospect of unofficial action, while the possibility of union-sanctioned action at sister CIE companies in other disputes grew.