The issues in dispute between workers and management at Bus Éireann have been referred to a hearing of the Labour Court which will take place today (Tuesday, 11th April) at 3.00 p.m. This follows talks between union representatives and management at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) which concluded this morning (Tuesday, 11th April) without agreement. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone said: “Despite the very best efforts of WRC Conciliation Officers, it has proved beyond their professional expertise to find a set of proposals which could bring a conclusion to this dispute. Some outstanding issues which are central to getting a comprehensive agreement have now been referred to the Labour Court for non-binding arbitration. “It is disappointing that after five days of intense negotiations and following the identification of €18 million in savings, management did not deem that sufficient to end the impasse. It appears that management is controlled by consultants and others outside the process who are content to see 2,600 good jobs lost in order to advance the privatisation of public transport.” He added: “It is hoped that the Labour Court will find a formula which could form the basis for resolving this dispute and bring an end to the suffering of Bus Éireann workers and the travelling public, which has been deliberately exacerbated by the inaction of Minister for Transport Shane Ross.”