Bus stop December 13, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
A depressing report in the SBP by Fearghal O’Connor at the weekend suggesting that Bus Éireann unions would accept route closures in order to sustain certain employment rights. I can’t actually blame workers for that particular compact – it’s difficult to hold the line when facing those who give not a toss about such matters. But the broader issues remain extant. The idea is that at least 7 routes would close – Expressway routes from Dublin to Galway, Limerick, Cork and Waterford. This would also see job losses – perhaps 150 in all. Union reps are quoted as saying they ‘recognise that some routes currently operated may be problematic’. But what is the central problem?
Well the SBP notes that:
NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary has said that reported losses of €1.16m suffered by Dublin Coach, a private operator that regularly has lower prices than BÉ on a number of the impacted routes were an indication that too many licenses had been granted on some interurban routes’.
And surely that points to the bizarreness of a situation where a state company is seeing itself whittled away by the state offering private operators the right to compete?
And tellingly BÉ itself through a spokeswoman notes that ‘new licenses and license amendments are having an impact on the financial performance’. How this makes sense escapes me.