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This afternoon.

Further to the proposed discontinuation of Bus Eireann routes from Dublin to Cork, Limerick and Galway….

“The blame for this lies squarely with the National Transport Authority (NTA) which has, over the years, flooded the market with privately held operating licenses and strangled the national carrier.

Bus Eireann, unlike other operators, has continued to supply much needed services during the current Covid-19 crisis and the NTA needs to recognise this and provide funding so that these services continue to provide safe and accessible transport for all its passengers.

The threat to some of the most strategic bus transport routes in the country is short sighted, flawed and a kick in the teeth for workers and passengers.”

SIPTU Sector Organiser, John Murphy,

SIPTU condemns decision to discontinue vital Bus Eireann Expressway routes (Medium)

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Transport Minister Shane Ross and Amanda Brunker at a charity event at the weekend; Mr Ross at Store Street Garda Station yesterday

Further to the ongoing Bus Éireann strikes…

Minister for Transport Shane Ross being photographed wearing a feather boa with Amanda Brunker at a charity event last weekend…

And Mr Ross’s participation in the launch of roadside drug testing in Store Street Garda Station yesterday…

Ellen Coyne, in The Times Ireland edition, writes:

“The feather boa was actually put on me by someone for a few seconds, and somebody took the photograph,” Mr Ross said, even attempting to explain the snap, taken at a local sports club lip sync fundraiser, as part of his ministerial brief.

“I am also the minister for sport. I have to support local clubs and I’m going to continue to do that.”

Grand so. And would Mr Ross be speaking with the striking bus drivers waiting outside the garda station, as he promised?

I may or may not speak to them on the way out,” he said.

Reader, he did not.

The drivers, staging a 40-minute stakeout, guarded both entrances to the garda station eagerly hoping to speak to the minister. Tempers were running so high, that at one point the gardaí were accused of harbouring Mr Ross inside.

“Jaysus,” a bemused detective sergeant said. “He’s not tip-toeing around inside there that I can see, anyway.”

And so it emerged that Mr Ross was after pulling off another one of his notorious disappearing acts. Without notice, the minister had been smuggled out of the car park of Store Street garda station in an SUV with tinted windows, leaving the furious union members and one (ahem) unhappy colour writer waiting outside in the rain.

Tinted windows and secret exits: Ross’s VIP treatment continues (Ellen Coyne, The Times, Ireland edition)

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This morning.

Some Dad writes:

A majestic, lesser-spotted No.13 Dublin Bus spotted in the wild….

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Thanks Laura Gaynor

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Hueston Luas station this morning.

Earlier: A Limerick A Day

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Today

Busarus, Dublin 1 and Broadstone Garage, Dublin 7.

Bus Éireaann workers tend to picket lines during strike action by SIPTU and NBRU objecting to plans by management to impose cuts without union agreement.

Meanwhile, Bus Éireann said:

“Regrettably, today the board could not sign off accounts for 2016, or pass a budget for 2017 in the absence of agreement with staff. This is a very serious matter as the board must now formally advise CIÉ that this governance requirement will not be met.”

Bus Éireann board unable to agree budget for year (Irish Times)

Meanwhile…

Bus Éireann workers in Waterford explain why they are taking a stand for “decent rural transport.

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Thanks Paddy Cole

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SIPTU trade union members discuss the all-out indefinite strike over Bus Éireann’s implementation of cost reduction measures without union agreement.

Bus Éireann management has warned that the strike will worsen the company’s financial situation, which it has described as perilous.

A Bus Éireann statement said:

The Board and management have twice postponed the introduction of efficiency measures – which are all within current collective agreements, and do not affect basic wages or current terms and conditions – to allow for 10 days of talks in two separate sessions at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

We sought savings of €12m from a payroll of €133m – or 9% – but Unions were only prepared to cede €0.5m on the current overtime bill of €13m.

The efficiencies we are seeking to introduce relate to work practices, which must be put in place if the company is to have a viable and sustainable future.

Earlier: Ah Here

Yesterday: Going Nowhere

Via Siptu thanks Paddy Cole

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Ray Hernan, acting CEO of Bus Éireann

In a letter yesterday Bus Éireann’s Acting CEO Ray Hernan notified staff of the immediate implementation of reforms, and said that there was no basis for convening further talks.

In a statement this afternoon, the NBRU said the letter:

“is clearly the straw that has broken the back in terms of spelling out exactly what the real agenda is here, the new management structure at Bus Éireann have clearly signalled that they are intent on pursuing a race to the bottom in relation to workers jobs, terms and conditions.

And to reposition Bus Éireann as a low cost transport provider, mimicking some of the rogue operators that populate the so-called interurban market.”

FIGHT!

Bus Éireann strike to go ahead from midnight (RTÉ)

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NBRU General Secretary Dermot O Leary (second left) and SIPTU’s Greg Ennis (third left) speaking to the media outside the Work Place Relations Commission (WRC)

This afternoon.

Lansdowne House, Lansdowne Road, Dublin 4

Talks between Bus Eireann management and unions at the Workplace Relations Commission have collapsed raising raises the prospect of strike action if the company moves to implement payroll savings without agreement.

In a statement the National Bus and Rail Union General Secretary Dermot O ‘Leary said:

“The NRBU has put its members on notice that we will immediately engage in an all-out strike in the event that Bus Eireann move to unilaterally implement cuts to the terms and conditions of bus workers”

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Go round and round.

Bus Eireann has released an outline of its cost-cutting plans, to take effect in three weeks’ time (above).

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