Saturday 14 December 2019

Hopes grow of breakthrough in Bus Eireann talks although strike threat remains

Anne-Marie Walsh

HOPES are growing of a breakthrough at talks to avert a strike at Bus Eireann.

Staff have not withdrawn the threat of industrial action that could bring services to a standstill but sources said there was “constructive engagement” at crunch talks.

Unions are examining a draft management document containing revised proposals on cuts for the transport company’s 2,500 staff.

The chance of a resolution to the row hinges on whether unions will accept the compromise plan.

The original cuts, designed to slash €9m from the semi-state company’s payroll costs, is due to come into force on Sunday.

The National Bus and Rail Union has threatened to down tools on Sunday if this happens, while SIPTU and TSSA plan to mount pickets next Thursday.

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