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More Irish Rail Strikes on the Way

Published on Aug 1 2014 3:14 PM in General Industry

More Irish Rail Strikes on the Way

The National Bus and Rail Union has announced that its workers at Irish Rail will hold a total of four days work stoppages over the coming weeks.

The first stoppage will be a 48 hour stoppage on Sunday 24 August. This will then be followed by a 24 hour stoppage on Sunday September 7 and a 24 hour stoppage on Sunday September 21.

The September stoppages will coincide with the GAA All-Ireland hurling and football finals respectively.

Around 80 per cent of members voted for industrial action when balloted.General secretary of the NBRU Dermot O’Leary said “Our members have rejected proposals to reduce pay over three separate ballots, we have been consistently telling the company and the Government that our members will not subsidise their own jobs.”

The announcement by the NBRU follows the SIPTU announcement last Friday that its workers will hold a one day strike on Monday 25 August.

The strike action from both unions is in response to Irish Rail's decision to implement pay cuts from August 24 as proposed by the Labour Court.

Employees earning up to €56,000 a year will have their salaries reduced by 1.7 per cent and this figures scales up for staff earning more than €100,000.

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