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Bus row: Possible breakthrough in sight as unions agree to further talks with LRC




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There might be light at the end of the tunnel in the ongoing bus dispute, after it emerged that unions have agreed to a second day of discussions with the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).

The ongoing row centres on the decision by the National Transport Authority (NTA) to put 10pc of bus routes out for private tender.

The Government has stated that such move would result in improved services, and ultimately results in savings to the taxpayer.

Unions claim however, that these proposals would pave the way for a larger privatisation campaign, potentially resulting in job losses and a deterioration of their members’ pay and working conditions.

Industrial action over the May Bank Holiday weekend caused travel chaos nationwide. A second wave of stoppages is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but the LRC intervened yesterday in an attempt to avert this impending strike,

According to sources, today’s talks between all parties were “positive”, but the threat of strike action is still in place.

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