Date Released: 04 April 2017
SIPTU representatives have accepted an invitation from the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to attend talks, aimed at resolving the Bus Éireann dispute, tomorrow (Wednesday, 5th April) at 10.30 a.m.
SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “Over the last 12 days of strike action our members have remained resolute in their position. They will not accept unilateral changes to their terms and conditions of employment. They will also not start down a road that would see their terms and conditions of employment forced into line with those of the lowest paid workers in the transport sector.
“The strike by workers and the picketing of Bus Éireann depots will continue. This is due to fact that some of our members have been dismissed from their jobs in recent days. To expect our members to return to work without resolving this situation or reversing the cuts that the company has already imposed on other workers is not reasonable or acceptable.”
Noone added: “Furthermore, it may also focus the minds of the management of Bus Éireann and stop it from walking away from talks for the third time. SIPTU is committed to achieving an outcome to this dispute which will underpin the survival of Bus Éireann as an employer which treats its workers fairly and with dignity.”