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Public transport services must be properly resourced not funded through workforce furlough

Finance Minister’s public call for furlough of Translink workers without consultation challenged by trade union representing overwhelming majority of workforce Davy Thompson, Unite Deputy Regional Secretary, with responsibility for his union’s members at Translink challenged public pronouncements by Finance Minister Conor Murphy which suggested … Continue reading

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If NI Executive is serious about social inclusion, rural access and addressing climate challenge, proper funding for public transport is essential

Departmental warning over future collapse of Translink, Northern Ireland’s public transport provider, reflects consequences of long-term underfunding Collapse of Translink would leave swathes of Northern Ireland without public transport and would spike carbon emissions through forcing a return to the … Continue reading

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Nuffield trust study on Northern Ireland Health & Social Care confirms damaging impact of protracted political failure

Local political leaders are held responsible for worst waiting lists in the UK and failure to deliver needed reform Crisis in Northern Ireland health and social care must be addressed through investment and NHS pay equalisation July 10th: Kevin McAdam, … Continue reading

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Education Authority moves to close school bus depot in Lisnaskea threatens health and safety

Proposals for school bus drivers to use commercial forecourts in Lisnaskea are unacceptable corner cutting Cost-cutting plans will force reliance on Enniskillen school bus depot to cover entirety of Fermanagh and threaten to impact children attending schools November 15th: Unite … Continue reading

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Translink workers stand ready to defend public transport services against impact of austerity cuts

Northern Ireland’s public transport faces a ‘perfect storm’ between private sector cherry-picking of profitable routes and chronic underfunding Union seeks urgent meeting with Translink management and Department for Infrastructure officials to identify status of threat to bus routes January 23rd: … Continue reading

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