Tanaiste appeals for last minute talks to avert bus strike action

The Tánaiste is appealing for last minute talks to avert strike action at Bus Eireann.

Workers at the company are planning to down tools from Sunday as a cost-cutting plan is implemented.

Bus Eireann has racked up losses of 27 million euro over the past 5 years and the government says its very future depends on this cost cutting plan.

Eamon Gilmore says he hopes talks can still take place to stop Sunday's strike.

"We have a period of time between now and the weekend in which further discussions can take place" he said.

"The company has made it clear that it is available to have those discussions either directly with the unions, or with he assistance of the Labour Court or the Labour Relations Commission".

"I hope that such discussions will take place, I hope that industrial action can be averted" he added.