SIPTU workers in Irish Rail have voted by 71pc to 29pc to reject proposals from the Labour Relations Commission in relation to changes to their employment.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar and junior minister Alan Kelly have expressed disappointment with the rejecting of the “cost saving measures”.
SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: “Our members were unable to accept these proposals.
“Members are concerned that while they have taken measures in recognition of the financial position of the company over the past three years, similar reductions in non-payroll and managerial costs have not been pursued with the same vigour. The members also question the Government’s commitment to the public transport network given the lack of funding for the service.”
He added: “SIPTU representatives remain available to enter into negotiations with the management of Irish Rail on all issues of concern related to the proper maintenance of this vital public service.”
Both Ministers called on the unions to re-enter talks with Iarnród Éireann.