BUS EIREANN passengers in Limerick could face serious disruption to services from next Sunday if the company’s drivers go ahead with a planned work stoppage.
According to Limerick’s National Executive of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU), Dermot Healy, 92 per-cent of drivers are in favour of industrial action.
Speaking to mypurplechair.com, Mr Healy said that changes could see drivers lose up to €100-€120 per week from their pay, and that they were very unhappy with how they have been treated by management.
“Company management told us that they would not be cutting basic pay of its members. But what they did then was to go ahead and target payments that drivers depend on such as shift allowances, Sunday duty pay and bank holiday pay.”
According to Mr Healy the current mood amongst drivers was not good as they believe that the measures being taken against them are very unfair.
He said drivers were angry that Bus Eireann had gone ahead and bypassed their union on Dec 14, instead writing directly to drivers outlining the list of cuts that would be implemented by next Sunday.
“The company gave us very little time to get a mandate together to discuss what actions we would take. By the time we could get a ballot organised we were into the Christmas period,” Mr Healy said.
The threat of industrial action in the City is part of a nationwide dispute between management, drivers and other Bus Eireann staff over proposed cuts to pay and changes in working conditions in an effort to save the company money.
The company, who recently increased ticket prices on all of their routes by six per-cent, is facing projected losses of €16 million this year.
Bus Eireann have a national staff of around 2,500. Two –thirds of these are employed as drivers.
Other company employees are represented by SIPTU, who will also ballot its members in relation to industrial action.
The General Secretary of the NRBU, Michael Faherty recently said that staff will not be working to the new changes from Sunday and hopes that the company will take this on board.
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