Commuters again held to ransom in rail row
Published 06/11/2015 | 02:30
Another Friday, and another warning to train passengers by Iarnród Éireann to make alternative travel plans.
Whatever the outcome of the talks, threats of more three-hour stoppages by drivers who are members of Siptu and the NBRU in the run-up to Christmas amount to a gross "disservice" to the public, which is paying for a service .
The dispute centres on payment for past productivity measures by drivers and a reduction in working hours.
But it is the public, which pays the wages of all concerned, that would be hit. Thus, the very people on whom the drivers depend to keep them in a job are made victims in a row in which they have no part.
The problem is that the public cannot be continually held to ransom. An 11th-hour resolution would be of no use to many commuters who can scarcely afford to play roulette on the outcome of whether or not they will get to work.
Every stoppage causes chaos, as clogged-up roads and crowded buses cannot cope with the impact.
Such stress and upset visited on commuters is completely unnecessary and takes a huge personal, as well as financial, toll. They say the best way to understand a city is to use its transport system. So much for understanding.