Thursday 22 February 2018

Strike fears for rail passengers 'as early as next month'

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Industry Correspondent

RAIL passengers may face strikes as early as next month in a row over a pay rise.

The leader of the National Bus and Railworkers Union, Dermot O'Leary,  is expected to warn that members will call for a ballot for industrial action if the company does not make a credible offer soon.

Management and unions are currently in talks on unions' demand for a 3.57pc a year increase, which is similar to pay rises given at the Luas and Dublin Bus.

Mr O'Leary will issue the warning at his union's annual conference in Dunboyne this morning.

Irish Rail has warned that the pay rise would push it towards the brink of insolvency and said it is in a worse financial position than Bus Eireann.

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