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Irish Rail: Revenue Audit

25 November 2020

Previous correspondence issued by the TUG advised of an audit carried out on behalf of Revenue indicating a number of non-compliant subsistence allowances which included Zoning payments, Driving directly to work sites, Meal vouchers – Rosslare Europort and in the case of BIK a requirement to declare personal mileage.

 

As in normal circumstances the Trade Unions engaged with the Company on this audit which was to be implemented on 1st November 2020, however, despite a number of virtual meetings in an attempt to mitigate in respect of this audit the losses which would incur on those in receipt of these subsistence allowances.

The outset of this remains we cannot hold a grievance with the Revenue Commissioners, nevertheless, we can negotiate with the Company in an attempt to mitigate these changes on behalf of our members on the value of those allowance going forward.
 
However, on Friday 13th November 2020 a meeting held to discuss the above the Company announced that there will be no further discussions with the Trade Unions and that the audit will be implemented in full on 1st December 2020. This is being viewed by the Trade Unions yet again, as a further erosion in the collective bargaining process between the Trade Unions and Iarnr?d Eireann management. To date the Company have reneged on an agreement concerning cash pay, are now being opportunistic during the Covid-19 crisis in respect of booking offices attempting to close some booking offices.
 
The mantra of working together seems to have passed us by. It has to be said that events have now shown this continued unilateral action in the above case by the abrupt ending of any discussions will result in a fractured relationship with the TUG and an exceptional challenging industrial relations environment.
 
Members will be kept advised on further developments.

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