Monday 22 December 2014

Irish Rail workers confirm strike next month

Published 25/07/2014 | 08:13

Irish Rail
Irish Rail

SIPTU workers at Irish Rail have confirmed they will strike for at least one day next month.

More than 100,000 rail commuters will be affected by the one-day stoppage of services planned for Monday, August 25.

The industrial action comes in response to management’s decision to implement pay cuts as proposed by the Labour Court.

From August 24, Irish Rail said it will introduce the cost-saving measure.

Employees earning up to €56,000 per year are set to have their wage reduced by 1.7pc while this figure scales up to 6pc for staff earning more than €100,000.

In response to this decision, from the same date, SIPTU members are planning a continuous indefinite work to rule. This is to include an overtime and rest day working ban.

While the strike scheduled for August 25 will carry on for 24 hours, the union has not ruled out further work stoppages.

The National Bus and Rail Union says it will now ballot its members on industrial action.

The result of that ballot will be revealed next Friday.

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