Thursday 23 November 2017

WATCH: 'I will have to call in sick, I've no other way' - Commuters open up on Dublin Bus strike woes

Cian Murray

More than 400,000 passengers will face travel chaos on Thursday and Friday this week, as Dublin Bus services are stopped due to strike action.

Services stop at 9pm tonight, as Dublin Bus wants to have all vehicles back at their depots before midnight.

Many commuters have reacted angrily to this disruption.

"I'll have to get the taxi to the train station in the morning, then I'll have to get the train to Heuston and then walk or get a Dublin Bike, but I haven't signed up to Dublin Bikes," said one commuter from Cellbridge in Kildare.

Another added that she would have to call in sick for two days because of the strikes.

She said: "I won't be able to get to work, I'll have to call in sick. I've no way and I can't afford a taxi into town because I'm out in Artane so [I normally] have to get two buses."

When asked whether or not she has sympathy for the drivers, another said: "It's pretty inconvenient to be honest, so I don't really have much sympathy. It affects everybody."

However, some commuters held a more diplomatic view. "They only want a fair crack of the whip like everyone else. I mean if the Luas drivers are getting it, then they should be getting it too," said a man travelling from O'Connell Street.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) and Siptu will stage two more 48 hour stoppages over the next month after this Friday's action.

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