Above: Bus workers on the picket line. Taken from SIPTU on Twitter.
Here’s a run through of some illuminating figures related to the Bus strike.
€ 4.86: Amount received by Bus Éireann from Government for every “Free Travel” journey
€ 11.78: Estimated cost to Bus Éireann for every “Free Travel” journey
1 in 3: Amount of journeys which are “Free Travel” on Bus Éireann services
5: Numbers of unions involved
6 (and counting): Days on strike
12%: Percentage of revenue from public subvention to national bus service in Ireland
78%: Percentage of revenue from public subvention to national bus service in Belgium
300 plus: public service obligation routes operated by Bus Éireann
400: Number of school bus drivers in Ireland (Not affected by strike)
€624: Weekly wage for a 39 hr week for a driver with 20 years’ experience
2,600: Workers on strike
8 million: Decline in revenue from Bus Éireann Expressway services since 2009
12 million: Cut in wage bill now being sought by Bus Éireann
15 million: Cut in wage Bus Éireann wage bill between 2009 and 2015
19.5 million: SIPTU contingency fund
40 million: UNITE Strike fund
Interesting eh? Give this message from striking workers in Cavan a whirl too.