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Rail Strike Set To Go Ahead

Rail Strike Set To Go Ahead”

Unions have scheduled four other national strike days across November and December - including during the November 14th World Cup qualifying play-off between the Republic of Ireland and Denmark.

Up to 155,000 passengers are expected to be affected - and customers have been warned their train tickets will not be honoured by Dublin Bus or Bus Éireann.

Speaking last night, National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) general secretary Dermot O'Leary said it was unlikely that "any viable alternative" would emerge today to avert the nationwide industrial action. Workers will also strike on December 8th which is traditionally one of the busiest days in the capital.

The rail unions are seeking a flat rate pay increase of 3.75% for staff but Irish Rail says it can not afford pay increases.

It is believed that Irish Rail had offered a pay increase for staff of 1.5%, with a number of conditions including reduced hours and line closures, claiming that their ability to match the demands of the unions was compromised by accumulated debts of €160 million.

Further strike action is expected to be planned beyond these dates should no agreement by found by then.

The discussions arose from a Labour Court recommendation which stated that if there were outstanding issues at the end of the WRC process, they should be referred back to the Labour Court for a final recommendation.

The firm has said pay increases must be contingent to productivity.

Commuters will be facing problems tomorrow as Irish Rail workers are going on strike.

This article first appeared in the Irish Examiner.



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