Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart TD has said that the placing of secondary pickets by Bus Éireann workers at Dublin Bus, Irish Rail depots and Dart stations across Dublin city and county which left hundreds of thousands of passengers without a service with no prior notice, cannot be excused.

“This morning’s wildcat strike action by Bus Éireann workers at Dublin Bus and Irish Rail depots represents a serious escalation of this dispute which has now entered its eighth day. It is unfair to drag these workers into the Bus Éireann dispute by way of unofficial strike action. No one should be prevented from accessing their workplace as a result of unsanctioned strike action,” added Deputy Lahart.

“Hundreds of thousands of people that rely on public transport on a daily basis were unexpectedly forced to make alternative travel plans. I am particularly concerned for those that had scheduled hospital appointments or treatment

“We cannot allow unofficial industrial action to bring our entire capital city, as well as the rest of the country, to a standstill. Workers have a right to strike on notice but to strike without notice is unfair on those that need these services.

“Minister Ross needs to recognise that the level of extreme disruption caused and as Minister for Transport it is time he started to fulfil his duties,” concluded Lahart.