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Iarnród Éireann members determined to continue industrial action

2 November 2017

TSSA thanks those members that took part in the industrial action on 1 November. Your participation helped deliver a strong message to the company and the Dept. of Transport.

 TSSA believe it is now crucial that Transport Minister, Shane Ross step in to help resolve the dispute in Iarnród Éireann. He has ample time to act like a proper transport minister before the next scheduled day of action on the 7 November.

The minister and Dept. of Transport are well aware of the funding issues that have made a significant contribution to issues faced by the company. He must rethink Ireland's Transport Strategy which, on his watch, is now at the bottom of the European league table for government investment in public transport, with only Cyprus and Lithuania investing less as a percentage of GDP.
 
We are aware that through the increase in passenger numbers,
Iarnród Éireann has increased revenue significantly. The strategy that expects staff to subsidise years of underfunding by the Government just will not wash.

 

For 10 years you have made sacrifices and done the heavy lifting to get the company back up and running. It is not acceptable or sustainable to not reward and recognise your efforts and yet expect you to continue to deliver a world class rail system.  

 

The ball is squarely in the court of the Department of Transport and they need to face up to their responsibilities to seriously engage with the trade unions and allow the management of Iarnród Éireann the resources it needs to deliver a fair and just pay offer.

 

TSSA along with the other trade unions have always advocated that a long term solution to public transport funding is required that not only delivers a good transport service but one that fairly pays its staff.

 

It is time for the Department and company to drop the intransigent attitude and get down to genuine and meaningful talks that will bring an end to this dispute that ultimately is in everyone’s interests.

 

We are determined to get wage justice and will continue to stand solid in this dispute; 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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