Ireland looks set for more commuter (and general public transport user) misery in the last two months of the year as strike action looms on the country’s railways. Iarnród Éireann Trade Union Group have announced five days of industrial action during November and December as a dispute with management over pay escalates. All strike days will include full withdrawal of labour and a 24-hour stoppage. Amongst the dates given is Tuesday 14th November, which most football fans will know is the date for Ireland’s vital World Cup play-off second-leg match against Denmark at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
The strike dates announced are:
- Wednesday November 1
- Tuesday November 7
- Tuesday November 14
- Thursday November 23
- Friday December 8
In a statement accompanying the announcement, Iarnród Éireann Trade Union Group said:
“Following a meeting this afternoon, the trade union group representing all workers at Irish Rail, in pursuance of a long overdue flat pay award, have decided to serve notice on the company for the following series of industrial actions.”
Iarnród Éireann released their own statement, in which they explain that management:
“regrets the decision by a group of unions including SIPTU, NBRU, TSSA and Unite, to schedule five 24-hour strikes during November and December.
“The company has reiterated that the talks at the WRC arose from a Labour Court recommendation, which stated that if at the end of the WRC process there were outstanding issues of difference, they should be referred back to the Labour Court for a final recommendation.”
Talks between management and unions at the Workplace Relations Commission broke down last week, with workers voting overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.