Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Timmy Dooley TD, has appealed to management at Bus Éireann to postpone the imposition of new work practices on Sunday until talks at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) have concluded.

“The changes to work practices, which are due to come into effect on Sunday, are hugely contentious and they should be postponed while talks take place. I am appealing to Bus Éireann management to do this as a goodwill gesture. I would hope this move would provide the necessary comfort to allow the unions to halt their threat of strike.

“I would encourage management and unions to engage constructively in the current talks because there will be national transport chaos if strike action occurs next week. Every effort must be made to resolve this dispute before it happens.

“The travelling public are fearful of the implications of a strike. People will be making their travel arrangements for Monday and there is widespread concern as to what will happen. If the threat of stoppages is ceased, then the travelling public can plan their journey for the week ahead.

“As the Sunday deadline approaches, it is critical that Bus Éireann management use this opportunity to avert the potential for widespread public transport chaos.

“I am disappointed that the Minister for Transport didn’t take a more pro-active role in trying to resolve this dispute. Minister Varadkar’s passive stance has not helped the situation and he must now do all he can to try and bring about a compromise.”