Joe Higgins, Socialist Party, is seen here speaking at Dublin Bus workers rally against cuts in services outside the Dail. Dublin bus is threatening to cut back the number of buses, bus journeys and bus drivers. This will have a devastating impact on people and communities who rely on public bus services to get to work, do the shopping, keep in touch with family and friends, get to and from school and get to services such as hospitals. Bus workers aren’t standing for this. they’ve marched, protested developed alternative plans and have balloted successfully for industrial action to defend communities, Public Services, jobs and our transport infrastructure
The ESB staff pension fund has a €2 billion deficit. In putting forward new pension proposals management and the group of unions (GOU) argue that there are three main factors for the pension deficit. The stock market crash, wage inflation (i.e. pay rises) and because “We are all living much, much longer.”
ICTU’S SO-CALLED "plan of action" to oppose the pay cuts imposed on public sector workers is vague and doesn’t outline a clear strategy as to how the cuts can be reversed.