Angry staff at Bus Éireann back strike
More than 1,300 Bus Éireann staff have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action if the company imposes drastic cost-cutting measures on Expressway workers.
The National Bus and Railworkers Union (NBRU) said 94pc of its members backed industrial action - up to a strike - if their terms were changed. There was a 75pc turnout.
The union accused the Government of keeping workers in the dark by delaying publication of a strategic report until after the election.
Bus Éireann is drafting a plan to "secure a viable future" for the service by cutting costs. In December, it said it planned to bring it before its board "as quickly as possible".
It says it has become "significantly more challenging" to grow revenue on Expressway routes due to increased competition. The firm also blames a strike last May for reducing profits.
NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary said the vote had sent a strong message to their employer and the Government.
"Keeping workers guessing in relation to their future in order to facilitate a general election campaign is an abdication of the duty of care that Bus Éireann owes to its workforce," he said.