Date Released: 21 February 2013
SIPTU school bus drivers employed by Bus Éireann in the Galway area will withdraw their labour on Friday, 1st March, unless an agreement is reached with management that ends attempts to undermine workers’ pay and conditions.
SIPTU Transport Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “Following a meeting between union representatives and management, yesterday (Wednesday, 20th February) the workers have decided to defer planned strike action scheduled for tomorrow (Friday, 22nd February) for one week.
“During the past two years management at the company has been cutting hours of work and pay without agreement. Management has also refused to properly engage with established industrial relations processes despite numerous meetings and referrals to the Labour Relations Commission, Labour Court and Independent assessors’ decisions.”
A meeting between the drivers and management is scheduled for Monday (25th February).
Willie Noone said: “A withdrawal of services will occur on Friday, 1st March, unless there is a full resolution of the dispute. The drivers are very annoyed that they may have to inconvenience school going children and their parents or guardians, but they have been left with no alternative.”