March 24, 2017
The Social Democrats have this afternoon heavily criticised Transport Minister Shane Ross’s refusal to play his part in resolving the Bus Éireann dispute which has led to travel chaos across the country today.
Speaking this afternoon Social Democrats Co-Leader Róisín Shortall TD said:
“While we accept the company has a fiduciary responsibility that must be met and efficiencies are therefore necessary, there must be a clear distinction between finding efficiencies and cutting people’s take-home pay. At all times the onus must be on both sides of the dispute to safeguard workers and their take-home pay.”
“If Government recognise that they are falling short on making up the costs associated with the free travel scheme, they should make moves to rectify this shortfall. Such a move could go a long way in enabling talks to resume in this dispute. Minister Ross has a responsibility to public transport users across the country to act and act decisively.”