Rail strike hits commuters

Commuters travelling to and from Cork today were experiencing disruption for a second consecutive day due to unofficial industrial action by railway maintenance staff in the city.

Commuters travelling to and from Cork today were experiencing disruption for a second consecutive day due to unofficial industrial action by railway maintenance staff in the city.

Iarnrod Eireann said train services to and from Kent Station in Cork and the Cork-Cobh route will face problems until further notice.

Passengers are being transferred by bus between Cork city and Mallow.

John Keenan of Iarnrod Eireann said the company was doing its best to accommodate all passengers on substitute bus services.

“There have been no commuter services since about mid-afternoon yesterday on the Cork-Cobh service so no services there, services replaced by bus transfers,” he said.

“There are some disruptions to services into and out of Cork and the effect of that has been that we are unable to run services between Mallow and Cork. Again, there are bus transfers operating.”

He added: “We have provided bus services from Cork, Mallow and Charleville to Dublin.

“We expect that services from Dublin to Cork will come as far as Mallow during the rest of the day.”

It is understood line maintenance staff downed tools yesterday after being asked to do work they claimed was line renewal and not line maintenance.

But Mr Keenan said the renewal work had been going on for years and rosters relating to the disputed work had been issued in July with no objections lodged.

“What appears to be at play here is that somebody in Cork has decided there may be an opportunity to lever additional pay for renewals work so it’s not so much that they are objecting to working on renewals work, they’re saying that they want additional pay,” he said.

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