Thursday 27 October 2016

Irish Rail commuters may face wave of strikes as talks collapse

Published 28/07/2016 | 21:52

Irish Rail
Irish Rail

Rail commuters may face further disruption as staff at Irish Rail are to be balloted for industrial action after talks broke down at the Workplace Relations Commission.

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SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union are to ballot members in Irish Rail for strike action tomorrow.

The unions have claimed that management at would not engage on the pay and hours issues which came from an independent report commissioned by the Labour Court.

In a joint statement, SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, and NRBU General Secretary, Dermot O'Leary, said: “It should be clearly understood that both unions were, and remain, prepared to immediately discuss the issue of driver training to the point where we could hopefully reach agreement while simultaneously discussing all of the issues contained in the Report.

“Furthermore, we are prepared, as directed by the Labour Court, to refer any outstanding non-agreed issues from the agenda, inclusive of driver training, back to the Court for a final recommendation. We will now immediately move to ballot our members for industrial action in response to the company's point blank refusal to engage around the agenda previously agreed by both parties.”

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