Bus strike ends with drivers set to return to work tomorrow morning

Bus strike ends with drivers set to return to work tomorrow morning
Workers from NBRU and SIPTU on their picket at Capwell. Pic; Larry Cummins

The bus strike that left Cork city at a standstill for 21 days is finally over with Bus Éireann drivers due to return to work after 21 days of strike action.

National Bus and Railworkers' Union President and Cork bus driver John Moloney said he expects full services to be in operation by midday on Friday but drivers could return to work immediately.

General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said that “cultural change” within the company prompted the drivers to return to work.

“The Labour Court issued its recommendation across a range of grades, it is quite obvious, just from a cursory glance, that our contention that major cultural change is imminent has been borne out by this recommendation, we will now move immediately into a consultative phase with our members across Bus Éireann in order that they will be fully informed in advance of casting their ballot on the fundamental issues contained in the recommendation."

City centre traders expressed their relief that the strike had reached a climax. Richard Jacobs of Idaho Café said it was important that people knew that the city was open for business.

Owner of Bradley's off-licence, Michael Creedon said he was hopeful trading would now return to normal levels.

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