Staff at Bus Eireann are expected to strike from next Monday. The company is forcing cost-saving measures on workers to avoid going bust. Unions have said action will be taken from the day cuts are introduced.
A statement from Bus Eireann explained that "due to the perilous state of the Company’s finances and the failure to reach agreement with unions" management have "approved... immediate cost savings".
The cuts will be introduced next Monday, March 6th. The company says they are "vital to ensure that the Company remains solvent".
Bus Eireann has told trade unions that "dialogue aimed at urgently resolving these challenges would be welcome".
SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said cuts include "three services connecting Dublin to Clonmel, Athlone and Westport."
It's also understood the services between Dublin and Limerick and Dublin and Galway will be greatly reduced.
"SIPTU representatives have always been, and remain, available to discuss the introduction of efficiencies at Bus Éireann", the union added.