Friday 15 December 2017

Strikes to cripple transport in the North on Friday


Public transport services across Northern Ireland will be cancelled on Friday due to mass strike action in protest at Stormont cuts.

Operator Translink announced said it would be unable to run any buses or trains due to the industrial action.

Members of public sector unions are staging a widespread 24-hour walkout to protest against spending cuts and job losses. Union leaders have warned the action will be the biggest in many years.

Translink workers from the GMB and Unite unions are joining the protest.

Ciaran Rogan of Translink said: “I would like to apologise to all our passengers who will be inconvenienced by this strike action, which is unfortunately beyond our control.


“I think it is important to give people as much notice as poss-ible in order that they may make alternative arrangements.”

Mr Rogan said he was in communication with the Education and Library Boards to discuss transport options if schools open on Friday.

Members of the Unison, Nipsa and GMB unions working in health, education, the civil service, transport and a range of other public sectors fields will strike on Friday.

They are angry at Stormont budgets that have cut many millions off public spending, a voluntary redundancy scheme to reduce the civil service by 20,000 and a proposed cut in corporation tax.


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