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(en) Workers Solidarity #76 - The consequences of transport privatisation<

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 1 Aug 2003 10:01:01 +0200 (CEST)

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There is nothing wrong or "inefficient" in subsiding public
transport. It's a lot cheaper to provide regular, dependable and
affordable (or free!) buses and trains than to have even more car
usage. More cars on the road means more road building, more road
repairs, more traffic jams and more air pollution.

Transport Minister Seamus Brennan now intends to sell off 25% of
Dublin Bus routes from January, and another 25% each year after that.
Waiting eagerly is Metroline, a part of the Delgo multinational. They
have already bought up Aerdart, City Link and started a Galway to
Shannon route.

They are an anti-union firm who have shown their true colours in
Glasgow and Edinburgh where they have made working conditions worse
than before and cut back the actual bus service. Afterall, their only
interest is in making as much profit as possible.

The private companies will seek to underbid Dublin Bus and Bus
Eireann for the routes by employing non-unionised workers on fixed
term contracts, with lower pay and little in the way of pension or
other benefits.

After an initial honeymoon period the less profitable services
will be cut back. To expect anything else is to expect that greedy
fat cat capitalists will suddenly decide to put our needs before
their wealth. Some chance!

More at
http://struggle.ws/wsm/unions.html Workplace struggles and the
http://struggle.ws/wsm/environment.html Anarchism, ecology and the

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Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers Solidarity'.

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