Sunday 26 March 2017

Public patience is wearing seriously thin with the rail unions

Jack O’Connor: Siptu called strike
Jack O’Connor: Siptu called strike
Letters to the Editor

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Outrageous disruption was been inflicted on over 40,000 railway users last Friday because trade unions accuse Irish Rail of being 'Thatcher-like' in response to claims for pay increases in respect of past productivity - a spurious argument that is not sustained by evidence.

The 2014 annual report of Irish Rail shows that while its revenue increased last year by €23m, payroll costs increased by €18m.

The generation of an annual turnover of €218m was not achievable without €194m in taxpayer-funded subsidies in 2014, an increase of €52m over those granted in 2013.

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