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Industrial Action in Iarnród Éireann for 7 November to go ahead

6 November 2017

We are disappointed that we have yet to hear anything constructive from either management or the Department. Your CEO wrote directly to staff calling on a return to the labour court, unfortunately this is a call without substance. Your CEO needs to take responsibility for his own actions, collapsing talks and looking for the labour court to resolve the issue shows either ignorance of how the court operates or contempt for how the court operates.

 Workers have reached the end of their patience.  The way to resolve this issue is by Iarnród Éireann making a genuine and proper pay offer. 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.  

 

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.

 

Again the Minister and Department of transport need to step up. Instead of tweeting about football or looking to “negotiate peace in Korea” the minister would be better served by engaging with the trade unions and other stakeholders to addressing the chronic underfunding of the rail and wider public transport system.

 

Tomorrow and future dates for industrial action will hopefully focus the minds of those who have a responsibility to resolve this dispute. The ball is squarely in the court of the Department of Transport and Senior Management they need to face up to their responsibilities to seriously engage with the TSSA and other trade unions and allow Iarnród Éireann the resources it needs to deliver a fair and just pay offer.

 

We remind All members of the TSSA that you are entitled to take part in the industrial action regardless of grade, including those members not covered by collective bargaining. We continue to hear of some staff being told they are not entitled to take industrial action, this is false. We have consulted the TSSA solicitors and they are clear that it is your entitlement under the industrial relations legislation as a trade union member to take part in lawful industrial action. If any member feels they are being bullied, threatened or victimised not to take industrial action they need to contact the union office immediately so we can take the necessary action so your rights at work are protected. 

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