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SIPTU say rail strike going ahead

Friday, August 22 16:20:37

SIPTU today said it is determined to go ahead with its threatened 4-day work stoppage at Irish Rail.

It said it will start with a 24-hour work stoppage on Monday if the management of the transport company carries out its threat to introduce pay cuts without agreement.

SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: "Our members in Irish Rail do not wish to engage in industrial action but have been left with no option due to the determination of management to force through cuts in their pay without agreement. SIPTU members have engaged with the company since 2010 in relation to cost containment measures. During this period they agreed to staff numbers being reduced by 2,000 and a E36 million reduction in payroll costs."

"In 2012, our members committed to an agreement with management which was supposed to run until 2016. In recent years, they have also accepted the introduction of additional regulations and assessments as well as the implementation of an EU directive separating the management of rail infrastructure from other operations. These changes have all been implemented while operating costs have been reduced by E73 million and the Public Service Obligation (PSO) from E171 million to E117 million".

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