Date Released: 31 March 2017
SIPTU Transport Division organiser, Greg Ennis, has said that the union did not organise and does not condone the unofficial action which disrupted rail and bus services this morning. He said that the union regrets the manner in which tens of thousands of commuters were unable to obtain public transport services in Dublin and across the country.
Greg Ennis said: “We regret the disruption which severely affected those planning to use Iarnrod Eireann and Dublin Bus services this morning. However, we understand the frustration and anger of the workers in Bus Eireann who are facing unilateral cuts to their wages and changes to their terms and conditions of employment by management at the company. We also appreciate the public support for the legitimate demands of Bus Eireann and other transport workers.
“This union does not condone unofficial action of this nature. Only yesterday, we contacted our members in Iarnrod Eireann and Dublin Bus with plans for a ballot by them for industrial and strike action in solidarity with their colleagues in Bus Eireann.
“SIPTU members intend to use all legitimate industrial relations procedures in pursuit of fair treatment for public transport workers. We call again on the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, and other stakeholders to take their responsibility and engage in discussions to protect the future of vital public transport services and those who provide them.”