Get everyone sitting together to map out future for Bus Éireann
I am a discommoded and disgruntled public transport user. I regularly use Bus Éireann services and find the Expressway service to be generally of good quality, punctual and with the benefit of a charging point and onboard wi-fi.
More importantly to me, Bus Éireann connects towns within Wexford to each other and the capital. The company is in trouble and the workers feel that they are being asked to shoulder more than a proportionate share of the burden. The workers have resorted to the last resort of industrial action. It is a high-stakes game being played by union bosses, many of whom have salaries in excess of €100,000 and are not directly affected by the company's difficulties.
The workers will end up making concessions, but in the inevitable negotiations, their representatives should future-proof agreements and look at off-scale productivity payments in the short term to get the company back on its feet and out on the road.