Deputy Robert Troy.
Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy has welcomed the suspension of the all-out strike action at Bus Éireann.
The industrial action was set to commence next Monday but has now been suspended after unions and management accepted an invitation to attend the Workplace Relations Commission.
Deputy Troy said, “This is a welcome development and both unions and management are to be commended for taking the decision to engage in talks. No one at the company wants to see a disruptive all-out strike from occurring. Every effort must be made to secure a lasting agreement which aims to put Bus Éireann on a stable footing.
“It appears management have shown a willingness to take on board the concerns of workers regarding the future direction the company should take. The onus is now on all parties to work together constructively with the aim of preventing industrial action and taking the necessary steps to put the company on a stable footing.
“A strike at Bus Éireann will be extremely disruptive to the public and will be of no benefit to workers or management at the company. There will be no winners should an all-out strike occur and it will ultimately make it more difficult for the company to overcome its problems. This is why we need to see an agreement to be struck between workers and management.
“Minister Ross has been hugely disappointing in the manner in which he has approached this crisis. He has taken a hands-off approach for nearly a year now and has done nothing to prevent industrial action from occurring. If he had taken a pro-active approach then we may have avoided this uncertainty.
“The Minister now needs to give a commitment that he will convene talks between all stakeholders to discuss the restructuring of Bus Éireann should unions and management agree a compromise in the coming days. Minister Ross simply cannot remain an idle bystander in this crisis.”