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Tuesday 24 September 2019

Everything you need to know as Irish Rail to commence strike action on Wednesday

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Thousands of commuters are to face travel chaos this Wednesday as Irish Rail commences its first day of strike action.

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

When will the strike commence?

Iarnród Éireann advises customers that due to industrial action, trains are not expected to operate across Intercity, DART and Commuter routes on the following dates:

  •     Wednesday 1st November
  •     Tuesday 7th November
  •     Tuesday 14th November (includes Ireland v Denmark World Cup Play-off at Lansdowne Road)
  •     Thursday 23rd November
  •     Friday 8th December

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.

Is the Minister for Transport likely to intervene?

It's unlikely that Minister for Transport Shane Ross will intervene. Unions claim an increased State subvention to Irish Rail can help wipe out the company’s accumulated debt of €160 million, but this claim is likely to fall on deaf ears in the Department of Transport.

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 (e.g. 25th October for 1st November, 31st October for 7th November etc).  Please allow three to five days for your financial institution to process your refund.

How long will strike action last?

Irish Rail has threatened to strike on dates up until December 8 but more dates may be added if demands aren't met.

Will alternative transport be in place?

It's not yet known if alternative transport will be in place as Irish Rail goes on strike. Customers are advised to plan journeys in advance and to check running bus routes during the days of strike action.

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