Train drivers to strike on Bank Holiday Friday, union confirms

Train drivers to strike on Bank Holiday Friday, union confirms

The National Bus & Rail Union has confirmed that its members will engage in a work stoppage on the Friday before the Bank Holiday weekend (October 26).

Talks between SIPTU, the NBRU and management at Iarnród Eireann collapsed at 2am last night.

NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary said : “Despite the best efforts of the Workplace Relations Commission we were unable to reach agreement on the issues at the centre of the dispute, we, for our part sought to have the issue of previous contributions by train drivers dealt with in a way that would, if satisfactorily addressed have allowed for the possibility of further discussions on the whole range of issues around the productivity agenda, it is unfortunate that our resolve to deal with the issues was not matched by the company on this occasion.

Train drivers to strike on Bank Holiday Friday, union confirms

"It is regrettable that our members feel that they have no option but to engage in industrial action on Friday 23 in response to the continued refusal by the company to honour the agreement to discuss those previous contributions of train drivers"

Iarnród Éireann has apologised to customers for the disruption which would result.

“This is despite proposals being tabled, which the company was willing to implement, which would have seen phased productivity measures introduced and implemented and an earnings increase for drivers in tandem with their implementation,” a Iarnród Éireann statement read.

“This would have been delivered through a productivity allowance payable to drivers commencing from January 2016, and increasing in January 2017 and January 2018 as further productivity was achieved. The company was willing to implement this with a favourable split of benefit to drivers.

“Notwithstanding that such an immediate increase in earnings to drivers was available, the trade unions refused to agree to the proposals, instead seeking an earnings increase without productivity being implemented, in the context of a company losing in excess of €1.5m per month.

“The industrial action by SIPTU and NBRU train drivers will see no train services (DART, Commuter or Intercity) operate between 6am and 9am on Friday, October 23 and Friday, November 6, and the likelihood of significant disruption beyond these times due to the knock-on effect of this strike action. The company will work to clarify details of this impact in the coming days.

“We thank the Workplace Relations Commission for their assistance, and would urge trade unions once again to withdraw the threat of industrial action and disruption to customers, and reengage with management under the auspices of the WRC to achieve the shared benefit for company and employees which is available.”

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