Transport Minister Shane Ross has been accused of “sabotaging” the public transport network.
Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described Mr Ross’s refusal to intervene in the Bus Éireann dispute as a “disastrous” policy.
Speaking during ‘Leaders’ Questions’, Ms McDonald said cities outside of Dublin have been brought “virtually to a standstill” as a result of the decision by workers to go on strike.
But she said workers have taken a “brave stand against a blatant attack on their livelihoods.”
As the strike entered its sixth day, Ms McDonald said Mr Ross now needs to get involved.
“Minister Ross willingly presiding over transport grinding to a halt,” the Dublin Central TD said.
Taking ‘Leaders’ Questions’ on behalf of Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, Education Minister Richard Bruton said Sinn Féin’s approach to industrial relations would lead to further strife and strikes.
He said the Government cannot pull out the “chequebook” on each occasion there is industrial unrest.
Mr Bruton said he supports Mr Ross’s stance and rejected suggestions he is doing nothing.
Transport Minister Shane Ross has refused to intervene in the Bus Éireann dispute, saying a "ministerial magic wand" would not resolve the impasse between management and unions that has left 110,000 commuters without a service for the past six days.
TRANSPORT Minister Shane Ross has again refused to intervene in the Bus Éireann dispute, saying it was up to management and unions to resolve the industrial action which is leaving 110,000 commuters a day without services.