Wednesday 17 January 2018

What happens next in long-running saga?

Bus Éireann was back on the road last night after the strike Photo: Barry Cronin/PA
Bus Éireann was back on the road last night after the strike Photo: Barry Cronin/PA

Dean Gray

What happens now? Drivers returned to work immediately after the Labour Court issued its recommendation yesterday.

This meant that a number of services in rural cities returned to normal service last night, but most won't be up and running until this afternoon. Bus Éireann urged commuters to check online for further updates.

Will the deal be accepted?

It's hard to say. There are "winners and losers" within the plan, but it is by no means guaranteed that unions will accept this recommendation.

Drivers and workers at the bus company will have to take time to consider the proposals and vote to accept or reject the stark recommendations to save the company. Bus Éireann is also crunching the numbers with their accountants to identify if it is sufficient to save the company from closure.

The group revealed at the Labour Court it was currently insolvent.

Have the routes been saved from closure?

No. Dublin to Clonmel has already gone, Dublin to Derry and Athlone to Westport will go, Dublin to Limerick/Galway will be reduced. The court also recommended the closure of a Dundalk maintenance garage.

Of the 240 job cuts, at least 120 drivers face voluntary redundancy.

Will the minister intervene at this stage?

Transport Minister Shane Ross has agreed to establish a Public Transport Stakeholder Dialogue to begin a review of public transport policy. He said that he will meet with unions as soon as the dispute has been resolved.

Irish Independent

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