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Strikes loom at Iarnród Éireann as TSSA send out ballot papers

5 October 2017

Ballot papers are being sent out today to all TSSA members in the Executive, Professional & Technical, Supervisory and Clerical Grades in Iarnród Éireann enabling them to vote on taking industrial action up to and including strike action.

Members have lost patience with the company's continued derisory pay offer of just 1.5%.
Following the company's refusal to reconsider its derisory pay offer of just 1.5%, TSSA is recommending a yes vote for strike action, whilst at the same time General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, is urging the company to meet us back at the negotiating table with a new offer. 
"Workers at Iarnród Éireann have not had a pay rise in eight years. How much longer did their bosses think they could go on pulling in their belts? No-one working in the rail industry wants to be on strike but a management without scruples is forcing them to do so. So I'm asking Iarnród Éireann bosses to get real about the situation their workforce finds themselves in and come up with an offer that doesn't add insult to the further human injury years of pay stagnation is now causing. 
"Our members have taken the pain for the last eight years. But the cost of living has continued to rise, and they are now in a position where they just can't make ends meet. Many of our members and their families are going without. The anguish and mental well-being of lives lived on  prolonged wage restraints is no longer acceptable. Pay justice is the issue here,  
"We'd like the company to meet us back at the negotiating table to discuss giving its workforce 3.75% - in-line with the rise given to sister company Dublin Bus - without imposing job losses to pay for it. TSSA will meet anytime, anyplace, anywhere to discuss this offer. But in the meantime, we will press ahead with our strike ballot. It's in the company's hands now to do the right thing by its workers and not force a rail strike on Ireland."

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