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Iarnród Éireann Industrial Action Update

27 October 2017

TSSA after engagement with our fellow Trade Unionists believe that a strong coordinated response is required if we are to have any success in getting an improved pay offer from the company.

 The united front from the Trade Unions is a reflection of the common desire to achieve a fair pay outcome.

We believe the onus is now on the CEO, senior management and the Department of Transport to support positive engagement with the Trade Unions, and recognise that after 9 years of no pay rise, increased workloads and enduring cost cutting measures that an improved pay offer is more than warranted.

It is crucial that TSSA members respect the democratic mandate of the union and participate in the industrial action on the following dates

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Tuesday    7 November 2017

Tuesday 14 November 2017

Thursday 23 November 2017

Friday 8 December 2017

If we are to send a strong message that we are serious about getting a just and fair settlement then it is now through standing shoulder to shoulder with your colleagues on the picket lines.

We encourage all members on the nominated days for industrial action to attend the picket at some stage of where you would normally work. It is important that for our message to get across we have a strong presence on the picket line. If you are unable to get to your normal place of work you can show support at the nearest Irish Rail station with your work colleagues there.

All members of the TSSA are entitled to take part in the industrial action regardless of grade, including those members not covered by collective bargaining. If any member feels they are being bullied, threatened or victimised not to take industrial action they need to contact the union office immediately. It is your entitlement under the industrial relations legislation as a trade union member to take part in lawful industrial action.

It is clear from the communications from management to staff after the company collapsed pay talks, that a strong message is needed. The company needs to take responsibility for its own actions. The “improved offer” of 1.75% with strings attached falls well short of any fair or reasonable pay settlement.  

TSSA along with the other trade unions have under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission attempted to find a genuine way forward. It is therefore extremely disappointing that after hours of honest facilitation from the Workplace Relations Commission at which we believed that we were heading towards a document to be put to the members for consideration that the proposed deal was pulled at the behest of your CEO.

We have no other option but to take action to achieve a reasonable pay settlement which is in line with similar pay awards within the transport sector.


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