Intervention in rail dispute offers hope to commuters

The Labour Court has intervened in the rail dispute - as a third day of chaos continues for thousands of passengers.

The court is inviting all sides to hearings as it launches a two-prong investigation into the row.

Meanwhile the Government, employer’s bodies and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions are calling for all industrial action to cease.

As the rail network was thrown into chaos, the Government and Irish Rail were quick to say there was nothing they could do, as this was an inter-union row.

However, this lunchtime it appears a way forward has been found. The National Implementation Body, which has Government, employer and union representatives, has asked the Labour Court to call an immediate hearing.

The court is set to investigate not only the inter-union row but also the disciplinary procedures within Irish Rail.

In light of this intervention, the implementation body wants the industrial action to be called off. The striking drivers are planning six more days of stoppages over the next two weeks.

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