Wednesday 18 October 2017

Public is on bus drivers' side - so far - and holding us to ransom is wrong

People walking to work in Dublin Photo: Tom Burke
People walking to work in Dublin Photo: Tom Burke
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

My father was a bus driver. So I know it's not an easy job, between shift work, a seven-day rota and the responsibility it carries - drivers hold people's lives between their hands.

In addition, a certain amount of risk from violence looms during the working day. Drivers are subjected to verbal and physical assault, while Dublin drivers also suffer stress negotiating city gridlock.

It is a testament to how well they fulfil their duties with courtesy and efficiency that the public is largely supportive of striking drivers, despite the inconvenience.

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