Bus Éireann Proposal 'Blueprint For Destruction Of Company' - SIPTU

SIPTU has accused management at Bus Éireann of producing a "blueprint for the destruction of the company".

SIPTU condemned the latest proposal presented to workers on Wednesday evening as "horrendous and totally unacceptable".

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: "As has been the practice of management throughout the last few weeks these proposals were aired in the media prior to staff being informed of them. The plan presented to workers today is horrendous and totally unacceptable.

"Management should remember that a mandate for industrial action has already been attained from SIPTU members. Such action will be activated in circumstances where the company proceeds to implement plans that would erode conditions of employment that have been attained by our members over the last number of decades.

"For a semi-state company to issue such an ill thought out set of proposals after months of inertia is completely unacceptable. This plan would effectively introduce casualisation of work, redeployment of workers to wherever the company wants, destroy the pension scheme, reduce staff numbers as well as introduce privatisation and outsourcing of work.

"The proposals would undermine the integrity of all categories of workers in Bus Éireann, especially clerical staff, by effectively stating they are overpaid. It would reduce currently meagre shift and premium payments and expects workers to accept everything the company wants without question."

He concluded: "The credibility and motives of the new management of Bus Éireann has to be seriously questioned when it is offering to pay some employees 1%, 2% or 3% of a rise, on reduced incomes when cash flow allows, in return for them accepting a real pay cut of up to 30% now. This offer is both crass and stupid and it will get the reaction that it deserves from our members."


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