Thursday 21 November 2019

Eleventh-hour talks at Irish Rail to avert travel chaos

The talks are aimed at averting two days of strike action
The talks are aimed at averting two days of strike action

Mark O'Regan

Union chiefs have agreed to eleventh-hour talks with Irish Rail management in an effort to avert two days of strike action later this month.

Commuters are facing travel chaos over the next few weeks after train drivers announced they would be taking part in two three-hour work stoppages.

The stoppages are due to take place on Friday, October 23, and Friday, November 6, and will affect Dart, commuter and inter-city services between 6am to 9am on the two mornings in question.

However, the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) last night accepted a request from the Workplace Relations Commission to attend talks next Monday. Dermot O'Leary, general secretary of the NBRU, said "we are happy to play our part" in trying to end the impasse.

However, it should be understood by all sides that the issue of previous contributions by train drivers remains top of its agenda, he added.

Barry Kenny, communications manager with Irish Rail, said it was in nobody's interests to disrupt services.

Irish Independent

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