As the Bus Eireann strike continues on its eighth day today, unions have announced today that they will ballot their members working as Bus Éireann school bus drivers to see if they wish to join in the industrial action.
In a statement released by SIPTU today, it said that this is due to the threat to their jobs resulting from the wider crisis in the company.
SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “Today, the SIPTU National School Bus Drivers Committee decided to commence the process of balloting its members for industrial and strike action in sympathy and support of their colleagues in Bus Éireann.
“Although they are employees of Bus Éireann these workers have to date not been party to the ongoing dispute at the company. However, it is now known that their livelihoods will also be adversely affected in the circumstances that their employer is not able to continue trading.
"This leaves our members with no other option but to consider industrial action to protect their jobs and the services they provide.”
The ballot for industrial action and strike by SIPTU members employed as Bus Éireann school bus drivers is scheduled to be completed by 21st April.