Date Released: 13 April 2017
SIPTU members in Bus Éireann have today (Thursday, 13th April) received a recommendation from the Labour Court aimed at resolving the dispute at the public transport company.
SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “The recommendation from the Labour Court is long and comprehensive. Every worker needs to study its contents and consider the consequences of accepting or rejecting it. SIPTU representatives will endeavor to ensure all our members are fully informed prior to balloting on the recommendation. Arrangements for meetings of members and the ballot will be announced in the coming days.
He added: “Our members have shown fortitude and solidarity in their fight to protect decent jobs and the public transport system. They will now return to work with their heads held high knowing that they and their union have done everything they could to try and protect conditions of employment.
“The proposals include 200 job losses, the closure of Dundalk maintenance garage and the ending of routes across rural Ireland. The dispute over recent weeks and months is the result of government policy over several years and inaction over the past few months by the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, senior department officials responsible and the Independent Alliance. Our members will now reflect on the document and decide their futures.”
The communication with members is below:
BUS ÉIREANN - STRIKE DAY 21
As you may be aware from media reports the Labour Court concluded their deliberations late last night and informed the parties that they would issue a Recommendation by lunchtime today. We have now received that Recommendation LCR21438
We are in the process of disseminating LCR21438 to all members and the Trade Unions and their members require sufficient time which is necessary to reflect upon same. In conjunction with the requirement of the Labour Court, we are now to lift pickets with immediate effect and respectfully request that all members who are rostered to be at work at this time, return to their place of employment.
Further notification will be issued by each Trade Union with regard to Information Meetings, Ballots, etc. on the said Labour Court Recommendation.
We would once again like to commend all workers for their exemplary behaviour during this most difficult of disputes in the face of unilateral action by Bus Éireann Management.
Dermot O’Leary Greg Ennis Willie Quigley Patrick McCusker Sean Heading
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