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Bus strike: Translink remain silent on disruption as industrial action looms

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 01/05/2015

Talks: Peter Robinson
Talks: Peter Robinson

Translink has still not outlined its contingency plan for next Wednesday's strike action - less than a week before workers are due to walk out.

Members of the Unite union are staging a second 24-hour stoppage affecting all Ulsterbus, Metro and NI Rail services.

Although limited to just Unite workers, the strike, on the eve of the general election, is likely to cause severe disruption to public transport. Yet Translink has not issued any guidance on how passengers will be affected.

When contacted yesterday, a spokesman said: "We are still awaiting confirmation from Unite on the details of next week's proposed industrial action."

Unite said it had raised the need for an additional £6m to protect bus and rail services during a meeting with the First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness on Wednesday.

Unite regional secretary Jimmy Kelly said: "We understand the cost of avoiding these damaging cuts would only amount to £6m - a meagre sum in the context of the overall NI budget."

And the union chief added: "We are asking that the Northern Ireland Executive as a whole reconsider the false economy of 'saving' £6m at the cost of undermining our bus and rail services."

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