The Small Firms Association (SFA) has condemned the announcement by the 5 unions at Bus Eireann that they plan to engage in an indefinite strike, with just 9 hours notice. Patricia Callan, SFA Director, commented: "Thousands of commuters all around the country will face severe difficulties in getting to and from work. In addition, the delays caused by the inevitable increase in traffic will be costly for all small businesses trying to get their goods to market throughout the country and to the ports/airports."
Callan continued: "This strike is unjustifiable. Bus Eireann operates in a deregulated, competitive market and states that it is losing €50,000 each day and is facing insolvency. In order to survive, work practices will need to change and cost efficiencies gained. The threat by the NBRU of spillover action to Dublin Bus and Irish Rail is entirely reprehensible and must be stopped."
In conclusion, Callan stated "A well-functioning transport infrastructure is essential to the workings of a modern economy. However, the entire country cannot be held to ransom by a select group of workers."
For further information and comment, please contact Patricia Callan, SFA Director at Tel: 0876999345 or e-mail: email@example.com .