Ibec, the group that represent Irish business, today said the outrageous, unofficial industrial action taken by SIPTU, NBRU and UNITE workers in Bus Eireann is illegal and demonstrates contempt for the travelling public, including some of the most vulnerable sections of society. The group called on the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to show leadership and bring this unofficial action to an immediate halt this morning.
Ibec Director of Employer Relations Maeve McElwee said: "These workers are not in dispute with Dublin Bus or Irish Rail and as such this action, taken with no notice is illegal. It is vital that trade unions respect the law if they wish to avail of the protections it provides. Organised wildcat industrial action of this type will have a significant adverse impact on businesses and workers with potentially devastating effects in critical sectors including health and elder/social care services.".