CIE to get staff on track with new fitness programme
By Treacy Hogan
Tuesday February 28 2012
TRANSPORT chiefs are putting the 'train' into training for up to 8,000 rail and bus workers.
While its services are sometimes criticised for being behind schedule, CIE wants to make sure its staff run like clockwork.
A new health and fitness programme is being rolled out for Irish Rail, Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus employees.
In one of the first initiatives of its kind in the semi-state sector, all staff will be offered a tailored physical activity plan for the workplace.
My first reaction is simply abject disgust that CIE can act decisively as a parent company over its various companies in coordinating a plan like this yet CANNOT and WILL NOT coordinate timetables/ fares and services amongst its various companies.
The parent company is using its scale to get benefits for its staff by treating the network of services as one. Thats to be applauded and I dont begrudge the staff something that is offered in many large companies.
Its just a pity this transport service provider wouldnt use its scale to provide a better service to consumers by acting as a single company.
Anyhow, if this will make the staff at rail stations be in less grumpy humour than normal then I suppose the commuting public will benefit in a small but important way!