Taoiseach makes direct appeal to Bus Éireann bosses and workers to call off strike
But he rules out Government interventing in dispute
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has appealed directly to Bus Éireann unions and management to begin talks to avoid a national strike due in just five days time.
But Mr Kenny again endorsed the stance taken by Transport Minister Shane Ross that it is “an industrial relations matter” - and not something he can get directly involved with.
Labour leader Brendan Howlin said tens of thousands of people across the country were seriously worried about next Monday’s strike which will take regional buses off the roads.
“Will you direct the Minister for Transport to sit down with the National Transport Authority, Bus Éireann and the trade unions?” Mr Howlin asked.
The Taoiseach said it was a matter for the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) as he agreed with the Labour leader that “a solution won’t drop out of the sky.”
He appealed to both sides to go into talks at the WRC.
Mr Howlin said if the Transport Minister would not intervene, the Taoiseach and other government ministers should increase the grant to Bus Éireann for carrying free travel passengers.