Monday 23 October 2017

Train drivers seeking pay rises of up to 25pc following proposed Luas pay hikes

Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

TRAIN drivers are seeking a pay increase of up to 25pc following a proposed pay hike for Luas drivers.

The National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) has penned a letter to Irish Rail demanding that a deal to cut their wages, due to be in place until October is lifted.

They are also seeking an increase in line with “industry norms” which they have noted as between 8 and 18pc – the amount offered to Luas staff following strike action and union negotiations.

The letter also outlines opposition to plans to introduce a more frequent Dart services.

“Our members are adamant that they will not cooperate with the introduction of a 10 minute service in the absence of dialogue on pay reward” the letter reads.

On the issue of pay a spokesman for Irish Rail said the company is in a “very difficult financial position” and that the unions agreed to the pay cut deal of between 1.7pc and 6.1pc for 25 months.

“Iarnrod Eireann remains in a very difficult financial position with annual losses, and an accumulated deficit of €135 million and is only paying wages and bills through loans,” he said.

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