Sunday 18 February 2018

Anne-Marie Walsh: Now rail strike looms as pay claims do the rounds again

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Anne-Marie Walsh

A sentence near the end of a page pinned to Irish Rail noticeboards since last week could really mess up the plans of those who depend on trains to get around.

It says that unions who are trying to get a pay rise of 3.75pc a year for their members will, as a matter of courtesy to the Labour Court and the travelling public, use the State's industrial relations bodies as much as possible to progress their pay claim. That sounds good. But there's a sting in the tail.

"However, if we find that Iarnród Éireann is not 'playing ball' then we will immediately seek a mandate for industrial action in order to force the company to 'do right by its own staff'."

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