Sunday 26 February 2017

The Yates anthology: Bus drivers are wrong

Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

Bus Eireann
Bus Eireann

I'm a daily customer of Dublin bus - No.1 to be precise. It's a great service: punctual, efficient, clean, with friendly drivers.

Because I don't drive a car, due to chronic back problems, I often use Bus Éireann for race meetings at Navan and Naas - even more comfortable. Empathy however, for this weekend's shutdown by Siptu and NBRU is in short supply. The disruption to more than a million commuters is utterly disproportionate for what might hypothetically happen in three years.

I still don't understand it. Ten percent of Bus Éireann services up for tender mostly relate to Waterford. Nothing tangible in relation to pay rates, security of employment, rosters, over-time or pensions is imperilled. The Government has given a reassurance that no employee will suffer diminution in their terms/conditions or be obliged to transfer over to private operators.

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