Local bus services set to return as Bus Éireann strike is temporarily called off

Local bus services set to return as Bus Éireann strike is temporarily called off

Local bus services are set to return to normal after the Bus Éireann strike was temporarily called off this afternoon after 21 days of picketing.

The strike has been called off for the time being as the Labour Court issued its recommendations on how to proceed.

Bus Éireann union members will now vote on the Labour Court proposals and will decide then whether further strike action will be taken.

The local Bus Éireann depot on the Ardee Road is facing closure if the latest proposals are accepted

Worryingly for local workers, if the proposals are accepted then the depot on the Ardee Road will face closure.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “The recommendation from the Labour Court is long and comprehensive. Every worker needs to study its contents and consider the consequences of accepting or rejecting it. SIPTU representatives will endeavour to ensure all our members are fully informed prior to balloting on the recommendation. Arrangements for meetings of members and the ballot will be announced in the coming days.

He added: “Our members have shown fortitude and solidarity in their fight to protect decent jobs and the public transport system. They will now return to work with their heads held high knowing that they and their union have done everything they could to try and protect conditions of employment.

“The proposals include 200 job losses, the closure of Dundalk maintenance garage and the ending of routes across rural Ireland. The dispute over recent weeks and months is the result of government policy over several years and inaction over the past few months by the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, senior department officials responsible and the Independent Alliance. Our members will now reflect on the document and decide their futures.”

While some services may return this evening, many buses are not expected to be back in full service until tomorrow.

The strike at a local level has impacted those without transport living in housing estates such as Muirhevnamor and Fatima, as well as those who travel to Dublin Airport via the service.

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