Monday 19 February 2018

Ross never met with striking bus unions

Stoppage to hit passengers for two days

Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Pic Tom Burke
Minister for Transport Shane Ross. Pic Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

TRANSPORT Minister Shane Ross took four months to meet with bosses from Dublin Bus - and has yet to meet with unions spearheading industrial action over pay.

Despite the looming chaos for commuters, the minister has also failed to meet Irish Rail or Bus Éireann since taking office, the Irish Independent can reveal.

Around 400,000 people are set to be affected from 9pm tonight when bus services in the capital stop ahead of a two-day strike tomorrow and Friday.

After taking office at the start of May, Mr Ross was heavily briefed on the likelihood of industrial action at Dublin Bus, where 3,364 employees want pay increases of not less than 3.8pc per year.

He was also warned that similar problems are festering at Bus Éireann, while Irish Rail is in dispute with workers over pay and the proposed introduction of a new 10-minute Dart service.

Despite this, Mr Ross described the transport section of his work as a "doddle" compared to the sport portfolio at the weekend.

And it has now emerged that Mr Ross only met Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne and chairman Ultan Courtney for the first time eight days ago.

Separately, he cancelled an introductory meeting with the management from Bus Éireann last week due to the EU Commission's decision on Apple.

Irish Independent

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