Wednesday 23 August 2017

Fresh rail strikes on cards amid union anger

Commuters face the prospect of widespread travel chaos as train drivers consider launching a second wave of strike action at Irish Rail
Commuters face the prospect of widespread travel chaos as train drivers consider launching a second wave of strike action at Irish Rail
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Commuters face the prospect of widespread travel chaos as train drivers consider launching a second wave of strike action at Irish Rail.

Trade union figures have warned the semi-state company that an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions may result in a series of work stoppages in the autumn, affecting both Dart and other train services.

A "deep sense of malaise" among train drivers in response to pay cuts, as well as demands for increased productivity, are among the factors underpinning the latest dispute.

A big rise in violent and drunken incidents on board trains and in stations has added to a fall in morale among staff.

Irish Independent

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