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Comment #6281745 by Yorkie1892

Yorkie1892 Jun 29th 2017, 8:24 PM #

I thought Ross had nothing to do with transport when the strikes were on. Then pictured in this… oh the irony

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    Favourite Ryan Carroll
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    Jun 29th 2017, 10:21 PM

    @Yorkie1892: That’s not what he said. This wasn’t like a teachers strike, the drivers had their own separate management and company to deal with their wages.

    Contrary to popular belief ministers don’t literally dun their departments day to day a non-political team of civil servants who in theory have their jobs on merit and length of service do that. The ministers job is strategic decision making, the big picture stuff, not the day to day stuff. He siad he was going to intervene because he’d be asked to fix the problem with a cheque book and Expressway was basically insolvent due to the excessive driver wages compared to it’s competitors driving prices up. Trying to get industrial peace Bertie used to intervene in PS union disputes and it led them to expect a minister to come along with a chequebook if they threw a big enough fit.

    Luckily he didn’t do that so now BE is trying out a proper recovery plan that might actually see it survive.

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    Favourite Paul Linehan
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    Jun 29th 2017, 11:15 PM

    @Ryan Carroll: Contrary to your own belief Ryan, the minister of transport is a stake holder in the CIE group of companies. Thus making his intervention in the industrial dispute very relevant. Having spoken to some union people. It wasn’t a case of him opening a cheque book. But rather to address their concern for the future of B.E. so they could convince ‘all employees’ to accept the offer. This thankfully was achieved without the help of the minister…. But one wonders, if the problem had involved return flights to Rio. Would that have swayed his thinking to engage with them???

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    Favourite Ryan Carroll
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    Jun 29th 2017, 11:23 PM

    @Paul Linehan: Yes, a stakeholder, thus a strategic decision maker not a day to day management.
    Yes his intervention might be relevant, in a bad way, throwing money at a problem with structure and organization and work ethos are the problem.

    It was of course about the money, that’s what they wanted, money.

    If it was return flights to rio he’d have had even less involvement.

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    Favourite Paul Linehan
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    Jun 30th 2017, 12:08 AM

    @Ryan Carroll: If it was about the money…. How come the employees accepted a deal without a pay rise…. Because it was about securing the future of the company, and the staff needed a guarantee from stake holders that there wouldn’t be a same type scenario coming at them down the line. It wouldn’t have been too much to listen to the concerns and then maybe comment on them. Most times actions speak louder than words.

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