Ireland: The attack on bus workers and rural communities continues

21centurymanifesto

Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland

11 April 2017

The talks at the Workplace Relations Commission between the unions and management in Bus Éireann have broken down, and the dispute has now been referred to the Labour Court. The company was not in a position to put forward a proposal, though the unions identified €18 million in potential savings.

This package would also have included up to 240 redundancies and massive changes to work practices. Changing the way workers would be paid was discussed, instead of various rates for overtime, Sunday and rest days, etc. A new composite rate would be introduced; this was agreed in principle, but no agreement on an actual rate was forthcoming.

Despite the unions’ willingness to put all these savings and changes to the workers, this was still not enough for the company. This exposes the fact that the company is hiding behind this…

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