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Iarnrod Eireann Pay and Industrial Relations

27 April 2016

We have once again written to the Iarnrod Eireann over our concern of lack of movement on the issue of Pay and what appears to be a deteriorating industrial relations environment. It is increasingly frustrating that although the intention of TSSA has always been to constructively engage that this is not being reciprocated. Below for your information is a copy of the letter sent to Director of HR Ciaran Masterson.


Dear Ciaran,


I write to follow up on our letter of the 23 March 2016 in which we requested, as a result of the changing industrial environment in the public transport sector, that Iarnrod Eireann cease immediately the foregoing of gross pay element of the cost containment agreement and that arrangements should be made to call all trade unions into discussions on future pay and other improvements.

We believe that there is a general acceptance that the issue of pay in public transport needs to be addressed urgently. You are aware we are currently engaged in a process of pay talks with both Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. We strongly believe that Iarnrod Eireann should also be part of a pay talks process.

We share similar concerns to our sister trade unions on what appears to be a fast deteriorating industrial relations environment in Iarnrod Eireann. We believe it is crucial that Iarnrod Eireann engage directly with the trade unions in a genuine and meaningful manner to deal with these important issues for our members. We are currently in discussions with our Reps to determine what action we should take if Iarnrod Eireann continues to fail to engage constructively with the TSSA.

We hope that we get a positive response that not only ensures that we sit down to deal with outstanding issues but also that as we move forward that we get some recognition of the sacrifices you have made and the contributions you have made to ensure the safe and efficient running train service during the past difficult years.

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