Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy TD has called on unions and management at Bus Éireann to re-enter talks with the aim of averting strike action at the semi-state company.

Deputy Troy made the comments after talks at the Workplace Relations Commission adjourned yesterday without agreement.

Deputy Troy said, “It’s extremely worrying that talks have stalled between unions and management considering the tight time-frame for negotiations. The financial difficulties facing Bus Éireann are worsening each day that this dispute goes unresolved. The delay in reaching agreement is only serving to make things more difficult for both workers and management.

“Unions and management need to go back to the discussion table and intensify negotiations. A compromise must be reached to avert strike action in the short term and to secure the viability of the company in the long run. An all-out strike will cause significant disruption to community’s right across the country and will only serve to damage the interests of workers and management.

“I have long maintained that this dispute cannot be resolved through talks alone. Bus Éireann is facing significant long-term challenges. Minister Ross needs to outline what structural changes he is willing to support to help put the company on a stable footing. It’s absolutely shocking that the Minister has continued to duck and dive on this issue.”