Updated: 22/02/17 : 05:08:03
Printable Version   Bookmark and Share Share This


Sligo Tesco, bus and train services face strike

SLIGO TRANSPORT services in the State sector could face an all-out strike shortly.

This follows the collapse of talks between management of Bus Éireann and its unions yesterday, Tuesday.

Unions warned of an all-out public sector transport service shutdown.

On RTÉ's 'Six One News' unions cited six centres where the entrances to bus and train stations coincide in the event of such a strike.

Sligo's Mac Diarmada rail station and the Bus Éireann depot share such an entrance.

Meanwhile, Mandate union workers in Tesco's Sligo town store will ballot today for strike action.

This follows Tesco proposals to lengthen the work week and to abolish some premia payments for a number of longer serving staff.

There are fears that a number of businesses in Sligo's Tesco arcade could see drops in business takings if footfall drops during a strike.

The Greystones Tesco Arcade, with nine tenant businesses, has seen a 90 per cent drop off in business since the strike began with some workers being laid off temporarily.

Town Services

The bus strike could halt Sligo's inter city train routes and Expressway bus services to all main Irish cities.

Such a shutdown would also see Sligo town's all-day bus services grind to a halt.

An all-out strike would also be likely to halt daily services to Rosses Point and Strandhill.

Bus Éireann services stopping in other Sligo towns across the county also seem likely to be affected.

          Sligo picketers in the 2015 bus strike with the Irish Rail station in the background

                                                     Photo: SligoToday.ie

Airport Services

Expressway destinations which would be hit include the '64' route between Galway and Derry, via Sligo.

The '64' serves passengers into the Ireland West International Airport at Knock.

Other Sligo services to the University at Maynooth and Dublin Airport would also face shutdown in a strike.

Last night, unions said they have put their members on notice that they will immediately engage in industrial action.

This national stoppage will, said unions, happen if the company imposes €12m cuts to their earnings.

Within Days

The General Secretary of the National Bus and Railworkers Union, Dermot O'Leary, was speaking as he emerged from the Workplace Relations Commission.

He said the company is expected to announce it will implement the cuts within days.

"If they do -- and all union colleagues are at one in this -- there will be an all out bus strike,'' said O'Leary.

''There will be ramifications and consequences across the entire transport network," he added.

Bus Éireann negotiators told unions the company would be insolvent by May unless the cuts are rolled out.

Acting Chief Executive Ray Hernan wants to present a €30m cost-cutting plan to the board by the end of March.

The company cuts suggest a 10% cut to allowances and termination of current premium payments.