Date Released: 13 September 2016
SIPTU members in Dublin Bus have expressed anger and frustration at the continued silence of management and the Department of Transport in relation to resolving the dispute at the public transport company.
SIPTU Organiser, John Murphy, said: “The complete intransigence shown by Dublin Bus, the Department and the Minister for Transport in response our members need for an acceptable pay rise, has created real anger and frustration. It has also strengthened our members resolve to implement further industrial action scheduled for this Thursday (15th September) and Friday (16th September), and escalate the dispute if it is deemed necessary.
“Our members on the picket lines during the 48-hour work stoppage last week were heartened by the support given to them by the general public. They are very annoyed that they will be unable to provide the public with a transport service if they are forced to again implement a 48-hour work stoppage this week. The fact that the work stoppage on Friday will also impact on Culture Night in Dublin is also regrettable.
“However, our members believe that success in their fight to maintain an effective public bus company, which provides a high standard of service to its users and decent employment for its workers, is one that will benefit the city.”
He added: “SIPTU representatives will meet with their colleagues in the four other trade unions in Dublin Bus on Thursday to discuss further industrial action. Our members deeply regret they are being forced into a situation where they may have to further disrupt this vital public service and the lives of those that rely on it. SIPTU representatives have repeatedly stated we are available to enter negotiations to resolve this dispute but this has not been reciprocated by management or the Department of Transport.”