Dublin Bus: Unite blames Government disengagement for dispute escalation

unite-white-out-of-redSeptember 15th: Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley, who today chaired a meeting of all the unions involved in the ongoing Dublin Bus dispute, has said that the Government bears full responsibility for the dispute’s escalation.  Unions today served notice on Dublin Bus that additional stoppages will be held on September 27th and 28th, and October 1st, 5th, 7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 26th and 29th.

Unions will meet in the Unite offices on Friday October 14th to review the situation at that point, and possible further escalation.

“Today’s meeting included unions representing all grades in Dublin Bus, from fitters to drivers and coachbuilders to clerical workers, and the message was unanimous:  our members have been left at the end of the queue for too long, and are determined to continue their struggle for decent wages which reflect their contribution to the life of this city”, Mr Quigley said.

“The Government’s continued disengagement from this dispute is particularly ironic given the current problems are largely due to the continued shrinkage of the subvention to Dublin Bus.

“On September 27th, Dublin Bus workers will be joined by members of the trade union movement as a whole and the general public in bringing our message to the gates of Dail Eireann:  public transport is a public good, and must be funded accordingly”, Willie Quigley concluded.

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