Monday 24 July 2017

Union warns of action over cuts

Anne-Marie Walsh

A union that walked out of last-ditch talks on pay cuts at Irish Rail will ballot for strike action if its members' wages are slashed.

The National Bus and Railworkers Union (NBRU), representing over 560 staff, warned that "provocation will lead to a reaction" in a message to members.

Irish Rail gave unions a week to reach agreement at talks, which ended last Friday, or it would force staff to take the pay cuts.

It has now come up with a proposal document.

Under its new plan, it is understood the percentage pay cut will stay the same but the length of time it will last will fall from 28 to 25 months. If accepted by most unions, the company will be free to introduce the pay cut but this is likely to lead to industrial action by the NBRU.

Irish Independent

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