Monday 18 December 2017

GAA fans targeted as Irish Rail workers plan strikes on All-Ireland final days

GAA fans could be affected by Irish Rail industrial action
GAA fans could be affected by Irish Rail industrial action

Brian Byrne

HUNDREDS of thousands of GAA fans could be affected as Irish Rail workers are planning to hold work stoppages on two All-Ireland Sundays.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has announced a total of four days of stoppages  in the coming weeks, beginning with a 48-hour work stoppage on Sunday August 24.

This is set to be followed by two 24-hour work stoppages on Sunday September 7 and Sunday September 21.

The rail strike on September 7 will coincide with the GAA All-Ireland Hurling Final, while the strike on September 21 will fall on the same day as the football final.

The union made the announcement following a ballot of members, after management at Irish Rail revealed it would be imposing cost saving measures on August 24.

Some 80pc of members at the rail company voted for industrial action up to and including strike action.

In a statement, general secretary Dermot O’Leary said: “The decision to choose two 24 hour Sunday stoppages was taken with a view to dilute the impact on the travelling public as much as possible.

“Members will already be aware that the Company have resorted to nefarious activities in order to undermine the democratically mandated Industrial Action.

“The responsibility for such activities rests with the CEO who led the way, in attempting to interfere with the conduct of our legitimate ballot, by sending letters to staff in their homes, followed by emails in an attempt to circumvent the democratic process,” he said.

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