Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

All sides to attend Labour Court talks over Irish Rail strike

All sides to attend Labour Court talks over Irish Rail strike

Drivers represented by the union have today chosen to accept a pay deal which will see them receive a 28 per cent pay rise over the next five years.

"We now look forward to working with Southern Rail to restore good industrial relations and deliver the service passengers in the region deserve".

A spokesperson for the Transport Department dismissed the strikes as part of the RMT's "political game", claiming "rail companies are keeping passengers moving with the large majority of services running as planned".

More train stoppages have been scheduled over the next few weeks, including match day on November 14, as workers protest to demand a 3.75% pay increase.

"Our trains will be planned to have a second person on board and this has been the arrangement we have operated over the a year ago".

Mick Whelan, ASLEF's general secretary, said: "The agreement means we will have a second safety-trained person on every train covered by this agreement except in exceptional circumstances".

A survey of over 1,000 businesses for the Rail Delivery Group showed that nearly three out of four fear rail strikes will harm the economy with a third believing they could directly harm their businesses.

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ASLEF said the resolution accepted applies only to Southern and that operator.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "The only way that Greater Anglia can be running these services is through taking serious risks with public safety just as they did during the last phase of strike action".

"This dispute is not about jobs - Southern has already introduced the changes which the unions are striking over and no one has lost their job or any pay as a result - in fact there are more staff on Southern trains".

SWR: The company, which only took over the franchise from South West Trains in August, plans to run two thirds of its regular timetabled 1,700 services.

"Similarly, anti-social behavior on trains could increase with the presence of a guard", he added.

Staff on Southern, South Western Railway and Greater Anglia walked out on Wednesday and will continue their action on Thursday, November 9.

Tens of thousands of commuters and transport users faced morning and evening chaos on the roads on Tuesday as Irish Rail staff held a second day of walk-outs.

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