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RESIST ATTACKS ON PAY AND CONITIONS OF ALL WORKERS

ORGANISE FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR BUS WORKERS NOW!

They are fighting for all workers. !!!!! All workers should support them!

I have asked BUSWORKERS ACTION GROUP to call a meeting open to trade union reps and shop stewards from all unions, so that we can organise all forms of support possible including financial support for Bus Eireann workers.

I have read the Labour Court Recommendation in Bus Workers Dispute

The company told the Labour Court it is insolvent, which the court stated was of “gravest significance for those who work in Bus Éireann”

I Note the appalling position in which bus Eireann Workers have been placed by SIPTU leaders toleration of changing the status of Bus Eireann by law so that a state owned company , like a private company, can be guilty of reckless trading unless having become “insolvent” it is put into examinership or liquidation (National Transport Authority Act 1999) Strikers are now faced with the choice of 200 redundancies and worsened pay and conditions in the Labour Court Recommendation or wait for the company to be wound up with the loss of all jobs!!! The fruit of scandalous trade union leadership collaboration with Bertie and Harney is now coming home to roost! The Labour Party,to which SIPTU is affiliated was in power with FG in 2013 when the National Transport Authority was allowed to put out 10% of routes, including the most profitable, to tender to private providers who are only required to pay the minimum wage to employees. When the workers reject this recommendation we must start collections for them throughout the trade union movement They are fighting for us all!

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From Bus Workers Action Group

Why we should support the Bus Eireann Workers.;

 

The Bus Eireann strike has huge implications for all CIE and transport workers, especially in Dublin bus.

Bus Eireann management want to dramatically cut drivers earnings. The result would mean cuts in take home pay of up to 30%. Driver’s basic pay is only €32,000; it is other payments and overtime that have brought up the low basic. The plan would reduce the levels of pay and general conditions to those in the private non-union sector.

THE FACTS;
• The Government have cut the subsidy every year from 2009 to 2015, falling from 49 million to 33 million. (It rose last year for the first time in seven years)
Compared to other countries?
Bus Eireann gets around 12% of a state subsidy (as a % of their total revenue). In comparison, here are some figures for other country’s national bus carriers;
Belgium 78%
Switzerland 51%
Holland 49%.
• While private operators receive 70% of the cash fare when they carry passengers using the free travel scheme, Bus Eireann only receives 40% of the cash fare. If the full cost of the scheme was paid, the Government would have to give the company another 17 million euro!

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• The NTA have issued licences to private non-union operators, flooding the busy intercity routes and increasing set capacity by over 100% on some routes.
While many private routes can operate direct, Bus Eireann routes are expected to service smaller towns and villages. The result is private operators can for example run a service from Limerick to Dublin that is 3 euro cheaper and I hour faster than the Bus Eireann service. Not surprisingly, Bus Eireann has lost large numbers of passengers on these routes.
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The policy of Government and the NTA is to drive wages down in Bus Eireann. It’s a race to the bottom and it won’t stop there. The NTA wants to tender out 10% of Dublin Bus routes and some rail routes. Its ultimate goal is to tender out ALL public service routes so that non-union, cheaper labour can drive down conditions and wages to the levels of the non-union sector. The only competition they want is in workers’ pay and conditions. Your pension, sick scheme, everything we fought for over the years is at risk, maybe not today, but if they defeat Bus Eireann the policy will spread. That is why we must stand with the workers of Bus Eireann .
All CIE workers must fight this attack together, we should march, protest and strike together to defend jobs, services and conditions and send the Government and NTA a clear signal that we won’t be defeated one by one.

NBRU Calls ON MINISTERS JOHN HALLIGAN, FINIAN MCGRATH, Boxer MORAN TO SUPPORT BUS EIREANN STRIKERS on RTE NEWS AT ONE

FULL SUPPORT FOR BUS ÉIREANN WORKERS!

STOP 30% PAY CUT!

ALL WORKERS IN DANGER IF ATTACK BY GOVERNMENT AN BOSSES SUCCEED

Be Prepared For ALL FORMS OF SUPPORT- INDUSTRIAL ACTION, FINANCIAL, POLITICAL

Seamus Healy TD in Dáil:  “The attack on Bus Éireann workers is a deliberate and vicious assault, not only on their pay but on their conditions. . It is attack on all workers, whether they be in the public or the private sector, and it is the thin end of the wedge for privatisation. The company must and will be defeated and strike action, including a sympathetic strike, is the right and only response to this vicious attack on workers by the company.”

Clonmel to Dublin and Derry to Dublin Bus Éireann Services have now been Abolished by Management

Tipperary Residents Are Entitled To The Same Public Transport Service as the People In The Ministers Constituency of Dublin Rathdown –Seamus Healy TD in Dáil

The attack on Bus Éireann workers is a deliberate and vicious assault, not only on their pay but on their conditions. . It is attack on all workers, whether they be in the public or the private sector, and it is the thin end of the wedge for privatisation. The company must and will be defeated and strike action, including a sympathetic strike, is the right and only response to this vicious attack on workers by the company.

Listen to speech   https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MNbRbxAk2_4

Dail Record  Seamus Healy TD

It is entirely proper that the Minister’s constituents and the people of Dublin have good quality public transport such as the DART, Luas and bus services, both in Dublin and from Dublin to all the major towns and cities throughout the country. The towns in my constituency such as Ballina, Nenagh, Roscrea, Templemore, Tipperary town, Carrick-on-Suir, Cashel and Clonmel have substantially fewer transport rights and substandard bus and rail service. We have lost our bus routes in Carrick-on-Suir and the Minister and Iarnród Éireann want to close our rail lines through Ballybrophy, as well as the Limerick-Waterford line, where trains are cancelled almost on a daily basis and which is earmarked for closure by the Government. My constituents are entitled to the same adequate, good-quality transport service as are the people of Dublin. Far from cuts and the closure of routes, we need more services. The Minister should enact legislation to ensure more good quality transport services for all. The public, the elderly and social welfare recipients, wherever they are in the country, are entitled to a good quality public transport service at reasonable rates. Public transport services should not be subject to market forces as they are public services.

The current difficulties are as a result of Government policy going back at least as far as 2009, which has been continued under the Minister and the current Government. The subvention has been reduced from €44 million in 2009 to €33 million currently and the difficulty is anything but an industrial relations dispute. It is a policy issue that has been driven by the Minister and the Government. The difficult financial state of affairs of the company is largely as a result of the reduction in the subsidy and the free travel scheme, which is inadequately subvented by the Government.

The attack on Bus Éireann workers is a deliberate and vicious assault, not only on their pay but on their conditions. A 30% reduction in pay is absolutely unacceptable and must and will be opposed trenchantly by the workers. It is more than an attack on the workers at Bus Éireann, however. It is attack on all workers, whether they be in the public or the private sector, and it is the thin end of the wedge for privatisation. The company must and will be defeated and strike action, including a sympathetic strike, is the right and only response to this vicious attack on workers by the company.

 

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FULL SUPPORT FOR BUS ÉIREANN WORKERS!

STOP 30% PAY CUT!

ALL WORKERS IN DANGER IF ATTACK BY GOVERNMENT AN BOSSES SUCCEED

Be Prepared For ALL FORMS OF SUPPORT- INDUSTRIAL ACTION, FINANCIAL, POLITICAL

USE THE SYMPATHETIC STRIKE-LARKIN’S WEAPON THAT BUILT OUR MOVEMENT

 

THIS IS AN HISTORIC BATTLE FOR ALL WORKERS

NOW THAT TAX COMPETITION FOR FOREIGN DIRECT  INVESTMENT IS NO LONGER EFFECTIVE, IRISH ELITE SEEKS TO COMPETE THROUGH LOWER PAY

REMEMBER THIS Last September  25/09/2016

HALLIGAN and McGRATH CHALLENGED BY BUSWORKERS

National Bus and Rail Workers Union (NBRU) has challenged Ross’s INDEPENDENT ALLIANCE COllEAGUES including ministers Halligan and McGrath“to respond the question which is, do they support the minister on his handling of the crisis which is unfolding in Bus Eireann” 

Excerpts From Sunday Times   http://wp.me/pKzXa-ls

Transport Minister Shane Ross is set to come under pressure from his Independent Alliance colleagues this week after junior minister John Halligan backed bus eireann workers against planned pay cuts-Sunday Times Justine McCarthy 25/09/2016

But Where is Finian McGrath Hiding?

From Paddy Healy   086-4183732    25/09/2016

Support the Bus Workers -For A Day of Solidarity Action!

Full Piece http://wp.me/pKzXa-ls
The five trade unions representing workers at Dublin Bus have organised a solidarity march on Tuesday, 27th September 2016.

Stand Up To Lord Ross,The Independent Alliance,Fine Gael,CIE
The Outcome of the Transport Disputes will Affect all Workers

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