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Three day rail strike set for September

Monday, August 18 10:26:14

SIPTU members in Irish Rail will conduct a 48 hour work stoppage on Sunday, 7th September and a further 24 hour work stoppage on Sunday, 21st September in a row over cost cutting.

SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: "The SIPTU Rail Committee today (Friday, 15th August) decided to issue Irish Rail with notice of two further work stoppages if the company follows through on its stated intention to implement pay cuts without agreement. These work stoppages are in addition to industrial action scheduled to begin on Sunday, 24th August, with workers implementing a 'work to rule' action, and a 24 hour work stoppage beginning at 12.01 a.m. on Monday, 25th August."

He added: "The SIPTU Rail Committee also condemned comments by the Minister of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, in which he blamed workers for the likely disruption of the rail service. However, the Minister failed to point to the contribution by staff in recent years in assisting Irish Rail's financial position. This has included the acceptance of payroll reductions amounting to E36 million."

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