Govt Offer Informal Talks With Unions Over Strike

The Government has agreed to informal talks with union leaders in the coming days, after threats of national strikes by the ICTU.

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions' General Secretary, David Begg, called a one-day national strike if the Government doesn't agree to enter negotiations on a three-year deal on 10-point economic plan from the umbrella group.

The one-day strike would take place on March 30 across the public sector and in workplaces where the national wage agreement hasn't been implemented, or an alternative agreed.

In other news, Dublin Bus management and unions representing workers at the company are meeting at the Labour Relations Commission today in a bid to avert strike action this weekend.

Members of the National Bus and Railworkers Union are staging a one-day strike on Saturday in response to cost-cutting plans at Dublin Bus.

The company is cutting 290 jobs and taking over 100 buses out of service in an effort to stave off major losses this year, projected to be around €30m.


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