Saturday 20 December 2014

Video: Rail users express concerns over potential strike

Published 14/01/2014 | 17:45

There have been enough strikes in public transportation in recent times, according concerned rail users today.

Speaking on what Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar described as "inevitable strike action" at Irish Rail, which would affect around 100,000 people, some expressed their concerns about getting to and from college and work.

Dublin woman Olive Murphy said she is sick of strikes. Ms Murphy doesn't drive and frequently uses trains, so is looking for a speedy resolution.

"I'm really fed up with strikes. Holding up people and time and wasting money. Why don't they just get on with it and sort it out, whatever the problem is," she said.

"Too many chiefs and not enough Indians."

The prospect of strikes would also affect drama student David O'Boyle, who travels to Dublin by rail every morning. He says this would be the first time a strike would really affect his day to day activities.

"I'm commuting from Drogheda every day, so strikes would affect me pretty bad. I need the train to get up here," he said.

"Since I started travelling, I haven't noticed that many strikes that have affected me, but in saying that, there have been other strikes that have really affected other people," he said.

He said he's sympathetic towards both management and unions in coming to agreement and wouldn't begrudge strikers, even though he would be affected.

Pensioner Leo Geraghty wouldn't be affected by the strike, as he only uses rail from time to time, but said this may be yet another industrial dispute that will affect average Irish people.

"As it stands, I'm using Irish Rail by choice. I don't work in the city, so it doesn't affect me. If I'm going any distance, I'll use the buses. It doesn't bother me that much," he said.

"I suppose the Government will have to put up some kind of alternative service. Bringing a car into Dublin at the best of times is a nightmare, but during a rail strike will probably be much worse," he said.

Mr Varadkar is is adamant that annual payroll savings of €4.7m must be achieved at Irish Rail, as they were in Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann.

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