Sunday 22 July 2018

Upcoming rail strikes suspended as unions undertake ballot

  • All upcoming Irish Rail strikes suspended
  • Irish Rail 'welcomes the suspension of further industrial action'
  • Unions will now undertake a ballot on Labour Court recommendation of 7.5pc pay-rise over the next three years
  • Full train services WILL operate on November 14, 23 and December 8
  • This includes additional DART, Commuter and Intercity services for Ireland-Denmark match
Train drivers and rail workers stage a picket outside Heuston Station, Dublin, during the one-day strike
Train drivers and rail workers stage a picket outside Heuston Station, Dublin, during the one-day strike

Denise Calnan and Alan O'Keeffe

All upcoming Irish Rail strikes have been suspended.

Iarnród Éireann this afternoon received the Labour Court’s recommendation on the current trade union pay claim.

They said they welcome the suspension of further industrial action by trade unions.

Unions will now undertake a ballot on the Labour Court recommendation of a 7.5pc pay-rise over the next three years.

This means that full services will operate on 14th and 23rd November, and 8th December. 

This will include additional DART, Commuter and Intercity services for the Republic of Ireland v Denmark World Cup play-off on 14th November.

In a statement, Iarnród Éireann wrote; "The company thanks the Labour Court for arranging a hearing of the issues surrounding the current dispute, and for the urgency with which it considered the submissions and issued its recommendation. 

"This has ensured that after two days of industrial action, customers will not suffer any further disruption in the immediate term.

"The company is reviewing the Court’s recommendation in the context of its challenging financial position."

Irish Rail have already carried out two one-day strikes, causing commuter chaos nationwide.

Unions were seeking a 3.75pc pay rise without productivity while the company offered 1.75pc for one year, subject to a number of measures.

The Labour Court today recommended a 7.5pc pay-rise over the next three years, which amounts to a 2.5pc pay-rise per year.

The court yesterday heard the submissions of five unions yesterday and the position of the embattled company.

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