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    Default All Out Bus and Rail Strike on the Way - Resistance at Last ?

    Over 90% of SIPTU members have voted in favour of strike action to defend pay and conditions.

    Is the worm finally turning, and can Union members trust their leadership to stand firm ?

    Members of Siptu have joined workers from the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association and National Bus and Rail Union in supporting a call for industrial action over planned cuts to pay and employment conditions as part of a Bus Éireann recovery plan.


    Siptu said 91 per cent of members balloted had voted in favour of taking strike action rather than “less effective industrial action due to the seriousness of the issues at stake and the unacceptable unilateral actions" of the company.
    “Our members have always been willing to change working conditions and practices within reason but are not prepared to have changes unilaterally imposed on them,” Siptu organiser Willie Noone said. “This decision is a direct response to the threat by management to dictate change and cut the pay of our members.”
    Mr Noone said that it is expected that the strike action will affect Bus Éireann services country-wide from Thursday, January 19th, and could spread to other companies in the CIÉ group.


    Among the measures which Bus Éireann is planning to implemented are a reduction of overtime rates from 1.5 times to 1.25 times; an increase in working week for clerical and executive staff from 36 hours to 39 hours; cuts in shift, premium and rota payments; the curtailing of annual leave entitlement by three days for three years (2013-2015); and a scaling-back of a range of allowance and expense payments by 33.3 per cent.
    The company has warned that without remedial action it faces losses of €16 million this year.


    Unions say staff could lose €60 to €70 per week as a result of the proposals.


    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...reaking40.html
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    If these lads are protected by Croke park they will get the usual I'm alright Jack crowds refusing to support them and would be guaranteed to be used as an excuse to rip up the Croke park deal. Joe Duffy must be standing by.

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    BE and other semi-states do not come under Croke Park.

    Nevertheless the media pack will be frothing at the mouth.

    If the strike succeeds, it will potentially provide a backbone for public servants to stand tough against attacks on their pay and conditions.

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    Dublin Bus will most likely strike over changes being shoved upon them too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richardbouvet View Post
    BE and other semi-states do not come under Croke Park.

    Nevertheless the media pack will be frothing at the mouth.

    If the strike succeeds, it will potentially provide a backbone for public servants to stand tough against attacks on their pay and conditions.
    The print media is very quiet on it so far. Hoping it'll go away no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saoirse go Deo View Post
    Dublin Bus will most likely strike over changes being shoved upon them too.
    The trains too. I will admit it is far easier to support these strikes when you still have Matthews Bus to rely on!! You would expect Dubliners to moan the most as their 19th century style transport system only has basic rail and coach services. One wonders if the Luas will be going-not that many North Dubliners will care.

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    They will need to play this very coolly.

    FG / Lab could well see an opportunity to let them go belly up and carve the lot up for private enterprise.

    So, some kind of strategy to prevent that happening is needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Apjp View Post
    One wonders if the Luas will be going-not that many North Dubliners will care.
    The Luas drivers were going to go in strike not too long ago but the company saw the light.
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    Have no sympathy whatsoever for bus drivers, but wish them well in their strike
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. FIVE View Post
    Have no sympathy whatsoever for bus drivers, but which them well in their strike
    Why not?

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    because they're bus drivers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. FIVE View Post
    because they're bus drivers
    Got left standing at the stop once too often?
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    You name it. Dont drive so have plenty dealing with them

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    Minister for Transport needs to send in McKinsey & Co to these companies as a matter of urgent priority.

    Instruct McKinsey to conclude case interviews, analysis, proposal solution options within 3 month deadline. Implement the preferred solution option before summer recess, begin accruing further and deeper quantifiable monetary cost savings from these companies for the exchequer.

    Enough talking.

    Execute aggressive synergy deliverables during 2013 fiscal period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VHF View Post
    Minister for Transport needs to send in McKinsey & Co to these companies as a matter of urgent priority.

    Instruct McKinsey to conclude case interviews, analysis, proposal solution options within 3 month deadline. Implement the preferred solution option before summer recess, begin accruing further and deeper quantifiable monetary cost savings from these companies for the exchequer.

    Enough talking.

    Execute aggressive synergy deliverables during 2013 fiscal period.
    Is "accruing further and deeper quantifiable monetary cost savings" compatible with maintaining an adequate bus and train service? Or does the country not need such a thing?
    Do not rejoice in his defeat, you men. For though the world has stood up and stopped the bastard, the (female dog) that bore him is in heat again. Bertolt Brecht

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