Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy has criticised Minister Shane Ross for his hands off approach to finding a resolution to the problems within Irish Rail ahead of tomorrow’s impending industrial action.
He said, “At the time of the Bus Éireann strikes Minister Ross promised to establish a mutli-stakeholder forum which would include all transport companies, the National Transport Authority, the Department of Transport plus trade unions.
The purpose of this forum being to iron out wider concerns before problems turned into industrial action.
“He has failed to honour his commitment.
“I strongly believe had that forum been established when promised, that it could have prevented the industrial action which is set to take place tomorrow.
“It seems everyone else aside from Minister Ross recognises the potential for this dispute to escalate further and for core services to be.
“There was a deal nearing completion, therefore the emphasis should be to go back and renegotiate. Negotiations are only way resolution will be reached.
The Minister has a responsibility and an obligation to facilitate these talks while both management and unions owe it to their loyal commuters.
“It is no coincidence that there has been a continuing and growing trend of industrial unease within the public transport sector since Ross has taken office.
“Tomorrow’s action is yet another example of the failure of Minister Ross’ strategy for overcoming industrial issues.
“Ignoring a problem will most certainly not deliver a solution that protects workers, the tax payer and above all, passengers,” concluded Deputy Troy.