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Stoppages at Irish Rail next weekend and next month set to go ahead

Independent.ie Newdesk

Published 17/10/2015 | 08:10

Iarnrod Eireann train
Iarnrod Eireann train

IARNROD Eireann has said that industrial action by train drivers allied to SIPTU and NBRU looks set to go ahead - disrupting the travel plans of thousands on the bank holiday weekend, and on a day next month.

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It follows the breakdown of talks on pay and productivity proposals at the Workplace Relations Commission in the early hours of this morning.

"As a result, the threatened industrial action by drivers on Friday 23rd October and Friday 6th November seems set to take place, and we apologise to customers for the disruption which would result," Iarnrod Eireann said in a statement.

"This is despite proposals being tabled, which the company was willing to implement, which would have seen phased productivity measures introduced and implemented and an earnings increase for drivers in tandem with their implementation."

The industrial action is planned for next Friday, 23 October and on Friday 6 November.

It would see no DART, Commuter or Intercity train services operate between 6am and 9am on those days. It is thought there would also be a lot of disruption afterwards.

NBRU General Secretary Dermot O'Leary said: "Despite the best efforts of the Workplace Relations Commission we were unable to reach agreement on the issues at the centre of the dispute, we, for our part sought to have the issue of previous contributions by train drivers dealt with in a way that would, if satisfactorily addressed have allowed for the possibility of further discussions on the whole range of issues around the productivity agenda, it is unfortunate that our resolve to deal with the issues was not matched by the Company on this occasion.

"It is regrettable that our members feel that they have no option but to engage in Industrial Action on Friday 23rd in response to the continued refusal by the Company to honour the agreement to discuss those previous contributions of train drivers"

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