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Friday 18 October 2019

Varadkar says he would rather another Bus Eireann strike than a poor deal

Bus Eireann said the suspension of strikes that brought its fleet to a halt for two days remains in place until tomorrow morning and advised customers to keep checking for updates.
Bus Eireann said the suspension of strikes that brought its fleet to a halt for two days remains in place until tomorrow morning and advised customers to keep checking for updates.

Michael Brennan

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has declared that he would prefer to see another Bus Eireann strike rather than a deal which not achieve enough savings.

He made his controversial comments as talks are ongoing between Bus Eireann management and unions at the Labour Relations Commission to prevent a re-occurence of the crippling two-day national strike earlier this year.

But Mr Varadkar upped the ante in the dispute by declaring that passenger services  could only be secured if Bus Eireann got the savings it needed.

"I would rather see us go back into a strike situation than have an agreement that doesn't deliver the necessary savings," he said.

He said there had to be a deal that "would stick".

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