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TSSA members vote to take industrial action at Iarnród Éireann in defence of pay claim

20 October 2017

TSSA members in the Executive, Professional & Technical, Supervisory and Clerical Grades in Iarnród Éireann are prepared to take action, including strike action in defence of their pay claim.

Ballot results were returned this morning and follow the collapse of pay talks again yesterday evening.

TSSA organisers and representatives will meet with our sister unions this afternoon to coordinate our approach which could halt trains across Ireland, if we decide to escalate to strike action.

Workers have not have a pay rise in nine years and members have lost patience with the company's continued derisory pay offer of just 1.75%.

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, says strike action is not inevitable if the company will return to the negotiating table with a new offer.

Said Cortes, "I pay tribute to our members who frankly are being left no choice other than to recourse to industrial action because their bosses are still stuck in miser mode. After nine years of not getting a pay rise it's time for a change. Our members can't continue to be given a year on year pay cut. This is quite simply another pay injustice issue.

“I’m extremely disappointed that despite being near a deal, the rug appeared to be pulled from under us by CEO David Franks. But his workers, our members are telling him they cannot put up with low wages any longer.

“He know his workforce want 3.75% - in-line with the rise given to sister company Dublin Bus - without imposing job losses on them to pay for it. Today's mandate for strike action shows their determination. So let's get this issue resolved and get back to the table and talk. We are available anytime, anywhere and prepared to resolve the dispute speedily and fairly.”

Ends

Notes to editors:
The result of the Ballot on the Industrial Action is as follows:

Return: 58%

Industrial Action consisting of a strike
YES: 63% of valid vote
NO: 37% of valid vote
0 - Spoilt Ballots

Industrial Action short of a strike
YES: 84% of valid vote
NO: 16% of valid vote
0 - Spoilt Ballots
 

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