There is “serious disruption” for those commuting to and from Dublin this morning as both Dublin Bus and Iarnród Éireann announced that secondary strikes by Bus Éireann workers will affect services.
Irish rail confirmed that there are cancellations across many of its services including DART, Commuter and Intercity journeys due to “picketing associated with the Bus Éireann dispute”.
It is understood that the picketing is taking place at a number of locations including Dublin Bus depots across the city.
We wish to advise customers that due to Bus Eireann pickets at depots there will be serious disruption to Dublin Bus services this morning.
— Dublin Bus (@dublinbusnews) March 31, 2017
ALERT: Major disruption expected to DART, Commuter & Intercity services due to Bus Eireann picketing at a number of locations. Update ASAP
— Iarnród Éireann (@IrishRail) March 31, 2017
Bus Éireann workers have been striking for a week, with services cancelled throughout the country. This mornings escalation comes after SIPTU called on Transport Minister Shane Ross to “stop dodging his responsibilities”.
We regret that the majority of our services are not operating due to indefinite industrial action by unions #strike
— Bus Eireann (@Buseireann) March 26, 2017
— SIPTU (@SIPTU) March 29, 2017
Commuters were not happy with the major service cancellations and angry to see the dispute spill over into other modes of public transport.
— Jeremy Dixon (@JeremyDixonDJ) March 31, 2017
Today will go down in history as the day Irish people stopped saying “thank you” to the drivers every time we get off a bus #DublinBus
— Emmet Barone (@emmet_barone) March 31, 2017
Whatever about planned strikes…but unannounced strike to Dublin Bus, Irish Rail and Dart services is ridiculous..
— Laura. (@laurareilly8) March 31, 2017
Respect people’s rights to strike but hard on people who time their morning to find out last minute that commuter chaos has broken out.
— Damien O’Meara (@damien_omeara) March 31, 2017
Amidst the criticism there was also support for the striking workers.
This strike is not about your commute. It is about conditions for all workers.
— Eoin O’Mahony (@ownohmanny) March 31, 2017
Please note that I one hundred per cent support the strike action tho
— Áine (@himynameisaine) March 31, 2017
Good news for commuters is that the Luas Red Line and Luas Green Line are operating normally with no reported delays.
#Luas Services are operating normally this morning
— Luas (@Luas) March 31, 2017