Thursday 23 November 2017

Day Two: Everything you need to know as Irish Rail to strike on Tuesday

The dates of the series of 24-hour rolling strikes include the sold-out November 14 showdown between Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium for the second leg of the football World Cup qualifier. (stock photo)
The dates of the series of 24-hour rolling strikes include the sold-out November 14 showdown between Ireland and Denmark at the Aviva Stadium for the second leg of the football World Cup qualifier. (stock photo)
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Thousands of commuters are facing travel chaos this Tuesday as Irish Rail commences its second day of strike action.

Irish Rail trains and the DART lines are not expected to run as workers go on strike.

What dates are the strikes happening on?

Trains are not expected to operate across Intercity, DART and commuter routes on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 7
  • Tuesday, November 14
  • Thursday, November 23
  • Friday, December 8

What alternative travel options can I use?

Mytaxi is offering half-price taxis between 5-7am tomorrow morning.

Pay your fare by card, and you’ll automatically get 50pc off your fare.

Dublin Bus will also be operating as usual.

Why is Irish Rail striking?

Irish Rail workers want a 3.75pc a year pay rise over three years, to match wage hikes recently given to Luas and Dublin Bus workers.

Talks had been ongoing between unions and company management at the Workplace Relations Commission earlier this month, but they failed to reach an agreement.

How many people will be affected by the strike action?

Up to 155,000 passengers a day will be hit when services grind to a halt. A total of 70,000 passenger journeys are made on the Dart on a daily basis, 45,000 on commuter services, and 40,000 on intercity routes.

Can customers get a refund if they have booked tickets with Irish Rail?

If you have booked travel on the dates of strike action, Irish Rail will cancel your booking for the dispute date journey leg and automatically refund you seven days prior to your date of travel. Please allow three to five days for your financial institution to process your refund.

What has the Transport Minister said about the strikes?

Speaking on the eve of the second day of national strike action at Irish Rail, Minister Shane Ross said: “I sincerely call on all parties to the Iarnród Éireann pay dispute to continue to use the services of the Labour Court and the WRC. It is vital for the travelling public – and also for the staff and for the company itself – that public transport is sustained, and that the dispute is resolved in a realistic, fair and workable manner”.

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