Wednesday, April 29, 2009

[olympiaworkers] Bus Worker Wildcats Spread Across Dublin North Apr 28 2009

The wildcat strike action taken by Dublin Bus drivers has spread to four
new garages as the dispute enters its third day.

The dispute began on Sunday after a driver at the Harristown depot was
suspended when he refused to work a new schedule.

The 450 staff at the Harristown depot stopped work in solidarity with the
driver before the dispute spread to the Clontarf depot.

At present just two depots are operating (based in South Dublin) with
almost all of the North Dublin routes brought to a total standstill.

Dublin Bus recently developed a "Cost Effectiveness Plan" to address their
€31 million projected loss for 2009, which included plans to reduce their
fleet by 120 buses as well as letting hundreds of workers go.

Unions agreed to the cuts at the Labour Court earlier this month and have
distanced themselves from the action.

The companys says it will only enter talks with drivers if they return to
work and operate the new schedules.

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