Sunday 25 August 2019

Rail strike is still on the cards despite Labour Court hearing today

NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary. Picture: Mark Condren
NBRU general secretary Dermot O’Leary. Picture: Mark Condren

Allison Bray

The strike at Irish Rail is still ongoing even though both sides will attend the Labour Court today in a bid to resolve the dispute, according to the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU).

Dermot O'Leary, general secretary of the NBRU, said three 24-hour work stoppages scheduled for November 14, November 23 and December 8 will still go ahead as planned unless there is a breakthrough at the court today.

Although the hearing between Irish Rail management and the Trade Union Group, including the NBRU, Siptu and Unite, is a positive step forward, Mr O'Leary cautioned that it doesn't mean the dispute is over.

"I'm not in the business of giving people false hope," he told the Irish Independent last night after 150,000 rail users were forced to make alternative travel plans on Tuesday.

It was the second strike to hit the rail network this month after workers walked out over a pay dispute.

They are seeking a 3.75pc a year pay increase for three years while the company is offering 1.75pc over one year.

Irish Rail, meanwhile, welcomed the invitation to attend the Labour Court hearing.

Irish Independent

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