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Rail passengers face bank holiday disruption

Geraldine Gittens

Published 08/10/2015 | 16:03

The strike on October 23 is scheduled to take place between 6am and 9am.
The strike on October 23 is scheduled to take place between 6am and 9am.

Train passengers face disruption over the bank holiday weekend and SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union have decided to hold a three-hour stoppage on Friday 23 October

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Train Drivers are also to engage in work stoppages on Friday November 6.

The strike on October 23 is scheduled to take place between 6am and 9am.

Unions say the strike is in response to Irish Rail’s refusal to honour the agreement to discuss past productivity.

NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said the work stoppages, which will affect Dart, Commuter and Inter-city services.

"It is unfortunate that an arbitrary decision by management at the company to ignore a Labour Relations brokered agreement to discuss previous productivity contributions by drivers has led to a situation where the travelling public will be discommoded.”

He added: “Forcing staff into a scenario whereby they feel they have no other option but to take industrial action is no way to practice employee relations, the resolution to this issue lies with those within the company who have chosen conflict over adherence to agreements, responsibility to the taxpayer, their passengers and staff should be the dominant feature in addressing any industrial relations issue at the company”.

Reports of potential strikes at Dublin Bus being reported in other outlets are currently unrelated to the two three hour stoppages planned by Irish Rail train drivers.

The NBRU and Dublin Bus are currently in talks regarding pay, where Dublin Bus said they weren’t in a position to concede on flat rate pay increase and that any increase in pay would have to be funded through productivity measures.The NBRU told Dublin Bus that this position was “not tenable” and Dublin Bus that such a scenario “would have inevitable consequences” regarding industrial action.

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