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Go-Ahead Ireland Enjoys Surge in Recruitment as Depot Nears Completion

1 year ago Fri 29th Jun 2018

Friday, 29th June 2018; Go-Ahead Ireland (GAI), the country's newest private bus company, has today announced an unprecedented surge in recruitment as their new depot in Ballymount nears completion. 

In 2017, GAI won a competitive tender, run by the National Transport Authority, to take over the operation of 24 Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area (ODMA) bus routes. As part of the contract agreement GAI committed to working collaboratively as they establish their business operation in Ireland. In early July, the company will officially open their new bus depot in Ballymount, Dublin 12, where the majority of colleagues will be based.  

"In order to service the 24 bus routes, we began recruiting for approximately 350 bus drivers in April and as of today we have received in excess of 1,300 applicants from both licence and non-licence holders.  We are delighted at the quality of applications and numbers interested in having a career with us here in GAI", concluded Ed Wills. 

In a separate announcement, Go-Ahead Ireland has signed an agreement with the SIPTU trade union to provide GAI with sole recognition for its employees*. 

 "After a detailed consultation process GAI is pleased to announce an agreement with SIPTU (Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union). The agreement ensures our drivers and general operatives are represented in a mutually beneficial manner. We look forward to working alongside SIPTU now and into the future on matters relating to collective bargaining", said Ed Wills, Managing Director of GAI at today's announcement. 

According to Brendan McGinty, Managing Partner, Stratis Consulting, “We are pleased to have supported GAI in reaching this important milestone as it commences operations over the coming months in the provision of bus services within Ireland initially, in the Greater Dublin area and in the Dublin Commuter area under its contract from the NTA. It is clear Go-Ahead Ireland is committed to a strong culture of employee engagement with their staff and to the promotion of a positive employee relations environment in their business". 

GAI will begin to operate the 24 routes from September 2018 and complete the process by January 2019. 

*Deal excludes craft workers who will be represented by a separate union.

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