Workers reject plans for Irish Rail pay cuts
THE long-term future of Irish Rail remains in doubt after staff rejected an amended Labour Court recommendation in a dispute over pay cuts.
SIPTU members narrowly voted down the proposals by 53pc to 47pc yesterday.
The proposal would have reduced the period in which pay cuts are to be implemented from 28 to 25 months.
The decision comes in spite of acceptance of the Labour Court proposals by TSSA, TEEU and Unite, and the withdrawal from the process of the NBRU.
SIPTU spokesman Paul Cullen said it was clear from the ballot that staff "have categorically rejected the acceptance of any further pay reductions".
He told the Irish Independent that strike action would still be an option if Irish Rail attempted to impose any pay cuts in spite of the ballot outcome.
Irish Rail said it "regretted" the result, "given the financial crisis the company is experiencing".