14/11/2007

Bus Drivers Protest As Dispute Continues

Around 300 bus drivers have taken part in a protest outside the headquarters of Dublin Bus as the dispute continues.

The drivers marched from the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square to the Dublin Bus headquarters in O'Connell Street around 11am on Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, talks are also taking place at the Labour Court as the dispute continues.

Officials from the National Bus and Rail Workers' Union and SIPTU were due to meet Labour Court Chairman Kevin Duffy on Wednesday morning, followed by management from Dublin Bus.

The talks come as the dispute enters its third day, with more misery for bus passengers in the Irish capital.

More than 100 drivers began a picket at Harristown Bus depot in north Dublin on Monday, in a dispute over two new bus routes - the 4A from Ballymun to Stradbrook and 128 from Clongriffin to Rathmines.

The picket was put in place after a female driver was suspended for refusing to drive on one of the new routes, which were to be launched on Monday.

Drivers are also opposed to the company's new scheduling plans, which means that they have to start, take breaks and terminate in the city centre, rather than at the depot.

The main areas affected by the dispute include Finglas, Swords, Ballymun and Blanchardstown.

(KMcA)


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