Unions warn of rail strike action if no 'credible pay offer' made at final WRC talks

Unions at Iarnród Éireann have warned that strike action is now inevitable unless management tables a credible pay offer for staff.

Arriving for talks at the Workplace Relations Commission, SIPTU Divisional Organiser Greg Ennis said that if no credible offer were tabled, today's negotiations will come to a shuddering halt - writes rte.ie.

He said there was already a clamour for a ballot for strike action among his union's 2,000 members, who were no longer prepared to subsidise the company to compensate for government underfunding.

He noted that staff in Luas and Dublin Bus had secured increases of around 3.75% per year and that Iarnród Éireann personnel needed to get at least that.

He also noted that staff had not had an increase for almost 10 years, despite delivering savings up of up to €36 million.

Mr Ellis said today was the day for the Minister for Transport and his department to decide if they wanted conflict or resolution.

He said that up to 2013 the CIE companies had lost 41% of their subvention and had never recovered from that.

He said it was now inevitable that unless something happened today, there would be a strike at Iarnród Éireann - so the unions’ argument was ultimately with the Government and its policy regarding funding of the national transport service.

National Bus and Rail Union General Secretary Dermot O'Leary accused Iarnród Éireann of prevaricating and obstructing staff in seeking a long overdue pay rise, adding that staff were "sick to the back teeth" of listening to the company preaching the poor mouth.

He said that with record passenger numbers, and pay rises across a buoyant economy, the company was in good health.

Mr O’Leary said that unless something dramatically changed at today’s talks, unions were heading to the picket lines in the next number of weeks, and that people across the country and those in large urban areas in particular would be severely discommoded.

However, Iarnród Éireann Director of Human Resources Ciaran Masterson warned that the company had to have regard to the fact that it is carrying accumulated debts of €160 million,and must be conscious that anything it does in relation to staff will affect that directly.

He said he believed that Iarnród Éireann as an organisation is changing and must continue to change, and that at today's negotiations they can put a shape and a framework around that change to meet the aspirations of staff and the general public.

Mr Masterson said he believed today's talks would give unions a credible option to consider.

Asked whether there was any prospect of a "no strings" pay rise without links to productivity, he said it had to be remembered that the company was operating in the context of a €160 million debt, adding that they would negotiate as appropriate.

 Read other news of Dublin on the city site.

rte.ie
Ireland railstrike crediblepayoffer
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
2 views in december
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
Anotorious Estonian hitman who travelled to Ireland to carry out a murder for the Kinahan Gang has been caged for six years. Imre Arakas, who was under garda surveillance, flew into Ireland on a murder mission to take out James “Mago” Gately. The Special Criminal Court was told that Arakas bought a wig in Dublin city and used an encrypted Blackberry phone to receive information about the movements and location of Mr Gately in Northern Ireland. The 60-year-...
Society
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he was "very satisfied" with the EU's position on the Irish backstop at last night's summit meeting. He said the European Union stands by the Withdrawal Agreement that was negotiated. EU leaders rejected British Prime Minister Theresa May's call for legally binding assurances on the Irish backstop and ruled out any changes to the Withdrawal Agreement. Speaking to reporters on day two of the summit in Brussels, Mr Varadkar sa...
Society
Gardai are appealing for witnesses after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in a car in Dublin. The incident happened around Ballsbridge in the early hours of Sunday morning with investigators on the hunt for a man in his '20s or 30s' with short dark hair, a short beard, and glasses. A source told Dublin Live that one theory being explored is that the victim may have been in a taxi at the time. The source explained: "This woman was enjoying a night o...
Society
Gardai have been gathering CCTV evidence at a hotel where an alleged rape involving a well-known sports star took place. Forensic experts and detectives visited the property in South Co Dublin on Tuesday night to hunt for clues. Initially it was believed the incident took place at a south inner-city hotel but after further inquiries it was determined it happened closer to the Dundrum area. A source said: “Detectives and scenes of crime gardai arrived at th...
Society
The plans for the SDCC and Cluid housing social apartments were approved at Monday's full meeting of the council. On Monday, 81 social housing apartments for the elderly on a site beside Tallaght Stadium were approved by South Dublin County Council (SDCC) - writes dublinlive.ie This was despite a campaign calling on the council to save the land which houses a council depot at Watergate Sean Walsh Park. Local groups such as Tallaght Community Council and Ta...
Society
Two people have been arrested following a stabbing incident in Dublin city centre. The incident happened on Essex Quay at around 4.40pm. A man aged in his late 20s was treated at the scene and taken to St James's Hospital with non-life threatening injuries following the incident. A man and woman, both aged in their 20s, were arrested at the scene and are being detained at Pearse Street Garda Station. Gardaí sealed off part of the south quays for several ho...
Society
A kitchen went up in flames yesterday after some Christmas decorations were left on top of a microvwave. The Dublin Fire Brigade had to be called to quell the flames after tinsel caught fire having been left over a mircowave. Firefighters have warned others to be more careful with their decorating saying the tinsel was placed over the microwave's vent causing it to go up once the machine was turned on. They said: "Yesterday, Firefighters attended a kitchen...
Society
A Dublin mother is extremely concerned for the welfare of her 15-year-old son after he never came home from the shop yesterday. Aleksejs Snitko went to the Tesco shop in Balbriggan yesterday, Saturday December 9 at around 4.30pm. His mother Iveta told Dublin Live that when her son left the home, he was wearing light grey basketball shoes, tight sport trousers and a warm navy jacket with a hoodie. He was also carrying a black and blue Puma school bag. The t...
Society
A man and woman were arrested following a stabbing incident that left Dublin city centre on lockdown on Sunday evening. The pair were taken to Pearse st station after another man in his early 20s was hospitalised with 'non-fatal injuries'. It is believed a fight spilled out onto the road with one witness telling Dublin Live that she thought the man was going to be "throw him into the river". She said: "They stopped the traffic while they were fighting that...