Bus Eireann staff to go on strike in Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Staff at Bus Eireann on strike in May 2013 - now it is expected another picket will be set up at Colbert station in the coming weeks
FURTHER industrial action looks set to hit Limerick in the coming weeks after Bus Eireann staff voted for a day’s stoppage.

FURTHER industrial action looks set to hit Limerick in the coming weeks after Bus Eireann staff voted for a day’s stoppage.

And Mandate, which represents hundreds of Dunnes Stores workers, has vowed to step up its campaign following day of action on Holy Thursday.

Members of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) affiliated to Bus Eireann will go out on strike on May 1 after backing action by 91%.

They are protesting against plans by the National Transport Authority to put out to tender around 10% of routes currently operated by both Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann. The NBRU will publish its strike plans a week in advance of the action, but in Limerick it will involve a march.

Bus Eireann services to, from and within Limerick are likely to ground to a halt on the Friday of the May Bank Holiday weekend.

And union sources have indicated there could be further disruption if there was no progress made at resolving the row.

Siptu has also said it will support the strike action by the staff. Both unions fear the tendering proposals could lead to the privatisation of routes, and deterioration to terms and conditions.

None of the services earmarked for privatisation affect Limerick.

Elsewhere, Mandate - which had 400 local members on strike outside Dunnes Stores branches - will step up its action.

The union has alleged that staff who did go on strike were victimised by Dunnes management.

Mandate has refused to rule out further industrial action, plus a major public event in support of the workers, and legal action against Dunnes Stores for claims of victimisation.

“Many of our members have been intimidated and victimised by management directly following the strike. We are exploring all legal options available to us in order to protect our members and prevent the company from engaging in this deplorable behaviour,” Gerry Light, Mandate general secretary.