Dublin Bus is strongly urging Trade Unions and employees not to engage in any industrial action on Friday and Saturday, 1st and 2nd May. This action will cause major disruption to customers and significant financial losses for the company with the potential to undo all that has been achieved in recent years.
We firmly believe that the commitments made by Minister Donohoe in his statement on Tuesday, 28th April, address the concerns expressed by the Trade Unions (SIPTU and the NBRU) in their notification to this company for industrial action. These commitments provide the basis for meaningful discussions in the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) and Dublin Bus is fully committed and available to participate immediately and positively in these discussions.
Dublin Bus has fully participated in discussions at the LRC over a 9 month period with the Trade Unions, National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in an effort to address the concerns of the Trade Unions.
Industrial action will only serve to disrupt and discommode our customers and will result in substantial revenue losses of €600,000 per day for Dublin Bus. We carry 450,000 customers on a Friday and 400,000 customers on Saturday so this action will cause massive and unnecessary disruption to these travel plans.
Chief Executive of Dublin Bus, Paddy Doherty, stressed; “Dublin Bus has now entered a period of growth in customer numbers after several years of financial difficulty. This positive trend has been achieved through improved service, investments in customer service and the dedication and contribution of all our employees over this period. All of this hard won progress is now in jeopardy if this industrial action goes ahead.
It is now critical that Trade Unions re-engage with the LRC process immediately. There is time to avert this totally unjustified action.”
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