by Dylan Goodman
Photos: Elina Peura
The Bus Eireann strike began today, disrupting travel for commuters all over the country.
The strike arose due to management at Bus Eireann saying they will need to impose huge cuts to ensure the company’s survival. This included many detriments to workers: pay cuts, overtime cuts and altering bus routes.
The National Bus and Rail Union stated that all five unions representing the workers had met in relation to the cost-cutting measures being taken by Bus Eireann. They accepted that “efficiency changes” must be made, but some changes heavily affected Bus Eireann workers. The unions decided the only option was an indefinite nationwide strike.
Irish Rail will also see disturbances. Spokesman Barry Kenny said the company would offer refunds for tickets bought for canceled services arising from picketing at a number of locations. This means for many, the option of taking the train may also be out.
The Journal suggests that stranded commuters take the school buses that are still operating and other public and private operators such as Citylink and Kennedy Coaches. Other suggested methods are Luas, driving, and walking. Knocknacarra residents are lucky to have access to the Citydirect buses on the 410, 411 and 412 routes, which offer a student discount of €1.50!