For the second week in a row, Bus Eirann workers in the mid-west of Ireland have gone on wildcat strike
29 part-time school bus drivers took part in the action, protesting increasing 'flexibility' in working practices. 2,000 children in Askeaton, Doon, Hospital, Kilfinnan, Newport and Pallaskenry were affected today as part-time school bus drivers carried out a strike at the Limerick bus depot for the second week running. The action also impacted on services in Tipperary and south Galway.
Bus Eireann condemned the action saying that the drivers are in breach of instructions from their union, SIPTU, who advised them to work as normal pending a full Labour Court hearing on April 16th. SIPTU later confirmed that they did not sanction the action.
A similar strike which took place at Bus Eireann's Limerick depot last Friday saw disruptions to both school and public bus services, however no public bus services were adversely affected in today's action.