The dispute between Bus Éireann and the NBRU and SIPTU will be moved to the Labour Court today after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission broke down last night.

A statement released by Bus Éireann this morning confirmed the news that talks had broken down between union and company representatives, and that the issue would now be sent to the Labour Court for resolution

The statement read: “The unions have now referred a number of issues to the Labour Court and the company have agreed to attend. The company have sought an early hearing given the urgency of the financial situation”.

 

“While progress was made and agreement was reached to eliminate many work practice inefficiencies, an offer made by the company that would help to deliver financial stability was rejected by the Trade Unions representing the driver grade”.

Bus Éireann have been locked in talks with SIPTU and NBRU representatives in order to resolve a dispute which has seen Bus Éireann drivers go on a strike which has lasted 18 days.

In a statement released to the press by the NBRU, General Secretary Dermot O’Leary lamented the alleged interference of outside parties in the talks.

“It would appear to us that other agencies that were not party to the discussions at the WRC have been applying undue influence on the proceedings, restricting the ability of Bus Éireann to actually reach agreement”.

“It would seem that there are forces at play here which would prefer to see the demise of Bus Éireann, rather than concentrate on securing its future, for the benefit of staff and commuters alike”, O’Leary added.

Andrew Ryan
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