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Iarnrod Eireann Pay Talks Collapse

28 September 2017

Pay Talks have collapsed at the Workplace Relations Commission. It is bitterly disappointing that the company has not stepped up to the plate to deliver a fair and reasonable pay offer to members.

 

The company offer of 1.5% per year with strings attached can only be described as “derisory”

The trade unions had asked for a no strings attached pay increase of 3.75% which keeps us in line with your sister company at Dublin Bus and also reflects the current transport sector pay increase that are around 2.75%-3%

The 1.5% pay offer was conditional on the trade unions accepting such things as outsourcing of work, forced redeployment, an increment freeze, closing of booking offices, line closures and a reduction in contracted hours.

After nearly a decade of a pay freeze the company are now saying you have to fund your own pay rise by agreeing to an attack on your terms and conditions and job security. That is totally unacceptable. You are patted on the back and told revenue and passenger numbers are up yet we are offered this pitiful pay offer. Quite frankly it is insulting after the years of sacrifice you have made through increased workloads and pay cuts to keep the railways going in very difficult times.

This pay offer will leave a bitter taste in member’s mouths. Our patience has run out enough is enough.

We are now left with no other choice than to organise a ballot of members for industrial action to fight to ensure we get a fair and just pay offer from the company.

We are also aware that the railway has been underfunded for years and the 2016 NTA and Iarnrod Eireann rail review itself states this. It is now time that minister Ross acts like a proper minister for Transport and intervene and sort out the funding mess in the railways. The days of asking the staff in Iarnrod Eireann to subsidise the company in the absence of proper state funding are over.

We will keep members updated of the ballot process in the coming days.

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