[Sinn Fein]

15 October 1996

Doherty calls on Bus Eireann management
to negotiate with workers

Sinn Fein Vice President Pat Doherty, today called on the management of Bus Eireann and the Minister for Transport, Michael Lowry, to cease in their heavy handed tactics and negotiate with workers over the implementation of the Bus Eireann Viability Plan.

Mr. Doherty said:

``The heavy handed tactics employed by the management of CIE in their attempts to alter conditions of employment in the company, without union agreement, are a recipe for disaster and will set back industrial relations in the company for years.

``Bus Eireann workers have already indicated their willingness to participate in a review of company operations. In the past ten years they have co-operated with management strategies and four productivity deals were agreed. In this time 1,800 jobs were lost. Now in 1996, Bus Eireann management have abandoned this era of co-operation telling workers the latest viability plan is non-negotiable.

``CIE workers are not to blame for the crisis at the groups companies. They had no option but to ballot for strike action. CIE's management and the Dublin government are responsible for the deterioration in work relationships at CIE.

``It is fundamentally wrong that they should make future development at CIE companies dependent on cutting workers wages and introducing casualisation and part-time jobs instead of full-time work.''

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