Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport, Timmy Dooley TD, has welcomed the announcement that an agreement has been reached between management and unions at Bus Éireann.
Deputy Dooley commented: “The agreement on cost saving measures that has been reached between management and unions is very welcome news and will no doubt be well received by commuters throughout the country.
“Prolonged travel chaos, similar to what occurred on Sunday and Monday, has been avoided but it is important that lessons are learned from the strike action. The inaction of Minister Leo Varadkar throughout the whole dispute was noteworthy. The most frustrating aspect of the Minster’s disinterest was the fact that it now appears that the strike could have been avoided in the first place.
“It was obvious before Sunday’s strike that both sides were willing to enter into negotiations yet there were no efforts made by the Minister to give leadership.
“Let’s hope that the agreement reached can deliver the required cost-saving measures in Bus Éireann in a way that satisfies all sides. I would also hope to see the NBRU back the agreement while it is also welcome to hear that a proposed ballot by SIPTU on strike action has now also been suspended.”