International Workers Day, the first of May, is the date chosen by Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann trade union workers to march on the Dáil in protest for the Government’s plans to privatize certain routes.
Workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of industrial action last week.
May 1 coincides with the May Bank Holiday weekend, so the strike will cause major disruption to travelers.
In a statement, the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) said that May 1 will be a “day of action against Government plans to tender out 10pc of existing bus routes.”
NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary stated that ‘Despite over seven months of discussion at the LRC, the Government, in the guise of the NTA, have not moved a jot in addressing the concerns of bus workers, the NBRU has been consistent in our opposition to the transfer of any current Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann staff to private companies.’