Most Bus Éireann services running as normal today

Workers at the company are returning to work after three weeks of strike action

Most Bus Éireann services running as normal today

Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Bus Éireann passengers can expect most services to be running as normal today.

Drivers agreed to go back to work yesterday while they consider Labour Court recommendations to solve their dispute.

The proposals include around 200 job losses, a 10% pay cut for workers who earn over €60,000, and the closure of the Dundalk maintenance garage.

Today, the company is advising any passengers to check their website or Twitter feed for full information on today's services.

All buses were operating as scheduled earlier this morning, although several services in the east of the country have been cancelled (including several planned services between Dublin and Kells).

Nicola Cooke of Bus Éireann says they are trying their best to get the full fleet back on the roads.

She explained: "[It's] 6,000 services, so it does take a lot to get all those through the gap.

"We're asking people to just have a little patience with us. We apologise for all the inconvenience that they've had."

Pickets were lifted yesterday on the 21st day of all-out strike action.

Speaking after the Labour Court recommendation was issued yesterday, Dermot O'Leary of the NBRU said "major culture change is imminent" at the embattled transport company.

On Newstalk Breakfast this morning, Mr O'Leary acknowledged there will be winners and losers from the proposal.

He observed: "The losers will be critical, the winners will stay silent - that's what they have to do.

"Bus Éireann will always have a viable future [...] We'll get over the industrial relations hurdles over the next few weeks and months I hope.

"It's for our members to decide -  and they're mature, and they're realists. They've shown tremendous dignity throughout the 21 days [of the dispute]." 

Willie Noone, SIPTU Sector Organiser, said: “The recommendation from the Labour Court is long and comprehensive. Every worker needs to study its contents and consider the consequences of accepting or rejecting it."

Transport Minister Shane Ross, meanwhile, observed: "I have no doubt the return to services will be particularly welcome in rural Ireland and in our regional cities which have been severely impacted by the disruptions of recent weeks."