Full Dublin Bus service from tomorrow as talks agreed
Siptu halts strike action after Labour Court invitation to help resolve dispute
Buses parked up at Conyngham Road Garage in Dublin city. Pickets had been placed on all Dublin bus garages. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times
MARTIN WALL, Industry Correspondent
Trade union Siptu said it would end its industrial action if management confirmed it would withdraw the implementation of a controversial cost-cutting plan.
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Siptu and Dublin Bus both welcomed the invitation to talks issued this evening by the chairman of the Labour Court.
Siptu sector organiser Willie Noone said: “We welcome the intervention of the Labour Court as this dispute will only be resolved through negotiation and discussion.
“Our members will cease strike action on confirmation from Dublin Bus that it will withdraw its currently unacceptable cost cutting measures while talks take place. The sooner we get this confirmation the sooner our members will return to work and the Dublin Bus fleet can be put back into service.”
Dublin Bus said that as requested by the Labour Court, it would suspend the implementation of a previous Labour Court Recommendation to enable these talks to proceed.
“The company will work this evening to ensure that buses are ready to enter service from first bus tomorrow,” the company said in a statement.
“Dublin Bus wishes to advise customers that a full bus service will operate across Dublin city tomorrow.”
It apologised to customers for the “inconvenience and disruption caused over the past number of days”.
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar and junior minister Alan Kelly both welcomed the development.
In a statement, the Ministers said: “We welcome this intervention and hope that the talks will lead to an agreement in the coming days that will ensure the long-term financial stability of Dublin Bus, the public transport services that Dublin Bus provide and the jobs of workers.”
Mr Varadkar earlier expressed hope that informal contacts among unions and management at Dublin Bus with the Labour Relations Commission would lead to a resolution of the industrial dispute at the company.
Hundreds of thousands of Dublin Bus passengers were left without services today as a general strike at the company entered its third day.
There are about 400,000 journeys made on Dublin Bus services on a working day. The strike will have its greatest impact today as Dubliners return to work after the bank holiday.
Businesses say the loss of productivity because of the strike could amount to €4 million a day. According to the Small Firms Association, “if employees in Dublin lost just 30 minutes today the result is 53,431 days lost, a lost productivity cost of just over €4 million”.