Thursday 13 April 2017
Statement from Minister Ross on Bus Éireann
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD, noted the Labour Court recommendation in relation to the Bus Éireann dispute and stated –
“On behalf of the travelling public, I am pleased that Bus Éireann services are returning to normal and people can now plan their travel arrangements this Easter weekend. I have no doubt the return to services will be particularly welcome in rural Ireland and in our regional cities which have been severely impacted by the disruptions of recent weeks.
I would like to thank the Trade Unions, Management, the Labour Court and the Workplace Relations Commission for their hard work in what has been a period of intense discussions for all parties.
I hope that the Recommendation will provide the basis for a lasting agreement between the company and its employees and will ensure a successful future for Bus Éireann.
As mentioned by the Labour Court I wish to restate my offer to set up a forum for all stakeholders once the industrial dispute is concluded.
I will establish a Public Transport Stakeholder Dialogue in order to advance the commitment within the Programme for a Partnership Government to instigate a review of public transport policy. In the coming weeks I will announce further details.
Ahead of that formal process, as soon as this dispute is fully resolved, I am happy to meet with trade unions to discuss issues of concern and look forward to their participation in the Public Transport Stakeholder Dialogue."