Wednesday 16 January 2019

Irish Rail boss warns strikes will hit pay rises

Irish Rail (stock photo)
Irish Rail (stock photo)

Anne-Marie Walsh

Irish Rail boss David Franks has warned its workforce of 3,800 that they may scupper their chance of getting a pay rise by going on strike.

In a message to staff yesterday, he warned the industrial action due to begin next Wednesday will be "counterproductive" in meeting their aspirations for better pay.

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

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.

Passengers also face disruption this bank holiday weekend due to engineering works.

"You will lose income, Iarnród Éireann will lose revenue, and any losses reduce our ability further to fund an increase in earnings," said Mr Franks in his dispatch.

Irish Independent

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