Members of the NBRU took part in a national strike last Sunday and and SIPTU  members joined them on Monday 25th August. The CEO of Irish Rail was holidaying in the Indian Ocean when he was imposing unilateral pay cuts Workers in Irish Rail accepted ‘c …

Members of the NBRU took part in a national strike last Sunday and and SIPTU  members joined them on Monday 25th August. The CEO of Irish Rail was holidaying in the Indian Ocean when he was imposing unilateral pay cuts

Workers in Irish Rail accepted ‘cost saving’ measures to keep the viability of Irish Rail in 2012. This meant they increased productivity, took hits on overtime, holiday pay, sick pay while staff numbers have been reduced. This was all agreed to on the understanding that management would not revisit pay and conditions until 2016.

Workers on Irish Rail strike at Connolly Train Station 25th August 2014 © Paula Geraghty

Workers on Irish Rail strike at Connolly Train Station 25th August 2014 © Paula Geraghty

 

Management have broken that agreement and want even more cuts.

Workers have said enough, ‘we’ve paid our fair share’.

SIPTU organiser, Paul Cullen, in a press statement said,

“The solution to this dispute rests with management reversing its decision to cut our members’ wages and entering into serious talks with workers’ representatives on the future of Irish Rail. If this does not happen SIPTU members in Irish Rail will conduct a further 48 hour work stoppage on Sunday, 7th September, and a 24 hour work stoppage on Sunday, 21st September”.

 

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