Sunday 22 October 2017

Irish Rail unions put their strike ballots on hold

'This week's talks will address issues including the mentoring of new drivers, union demands for a shorter working week and compensation for increased productivity in the past' (stock photo)
'This week's talks will address issues including the mentoring of new drivers, union demands for a shorter working week and compensation for increased productivity in the past' (stock photo)

Anne-Marie Walsh

Irish Rail passengers have been given some good news as unions at the company have put a ballot for industrial action on hold.

The NBRU and Siptu have agreed to suspend voting in order to attend three days of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission, beginning today.

But they have warned that they will be under pressure from members to proceed to industrial action if agreement with the company is not reached.

Talks broke down earlier this month after Irish Rail had accused unions of taking part in unofficial industrial action and blocking the training of nine Dart drivers.

This week's talks will address issues including the mentoring of new drivers, union demands for a shorter working week and compensation for increased productivity in the past.

Irish Independent

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