Tuesday 23 January 2018

Strikes looming at Dublin Bus and Irish Rail

Dermot O’Leary, General Secretary of the NBRU, said 540 Irish Rail train drivers will be balloted on industrial action on Tuesday after talks with the company broke down last night. Stock Image
Dermot O’Leary, General Secretary of the NBRU, said 540 Irish Rail train drivers will be balloted on industrial action on Tuesday after talks with the company broke down last night. Stock Image
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

More transport chaos is on the cards as unions representing both Irish Rail and Dublin Bus are threatening strike action.

Dermot O'Leary, General Secretary of the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU), said 540 Irish Rail train drivers will be balloted on industrial action - including a strike - on Tuesday after talks with the company broke down last night.

At the same time, Dublin Bus drivers are to reveal the outcome of a ballot today that could pave the way for industrial action.

Drivers belonging to both the NBRU and Siptu have voted on whether to accept or reject a Labour Court recommendation on an 8.2pc pay increase, which is widely anticipated to be rejected. The unions have stated that industrial action is likely if the offer is rejected and "an improved offer" isn't made.

Irish Rail, meanwhile, says it is still willing to negotiate after talks with both unions over working times broke down.

It has accused the unions of blocking the training of nine Dart drivers.

The union claims the company has "dispensed" with a "pre-agreed" agenda that was the subject of three days of talks at the Workplace Relations Commission this week.

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Irish Independent

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