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Saturday 15 December 2018

Rail union serves notice of strikes - passengers face chaos from next Wednesday

Dart (Stock photo)
Dart (Stock photo)

Anne-Marie Walsh

Rail passengers, including those who use the Dart, face travel chaos from Wednesday next week as unions have served notice of five 24-hour strikes.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) served notice yesterday following the announcement that industrial action would begin on November 1 over their demand for a 3.75pc pay rise.

Irish Rail has already begun offering refunds to customers who have booked on the dates of the strikes on November 1, 7, 14 and 23, and December 8.

The November 14 stoppage coincides with the Ireland v Denmark World Cup play-off at the Aviva stadium, while December 8 is traditionally a big day for Christmas shopping.

The company advised customers who have booked travel on the dates the industrial action is due to take place that it would cancel their booking.

They will automatically be refunded seven days before their date of travel, although it will take financial institutions three to five days to process refunds.

In a memo to members yesterday, NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary warned that the five stoppages "will now go ahead as planned". He said the conduct of the company to date had severely damaged the potential for an early solution.

He criticised chief executive David Franks' version of events surrounding the collapse of talks last week on his "David's Dashboard" forum. He said a 1.75pc pay rise did not have the potential to resolve the row, but reports that 2.5pc was on the table before being withdrawn were not wide of the mark.

Irish Independent

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