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Strike looms at Córas Iompair Éireann

8 March 2019

TSSA members in Córas Iompair Éireann have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a pay dispute after the company failed to comply with a Labour Court decision.

The TSSA members had previously voted to accept the decision of Labour Court which recommended a 2.5% pay rise backdated to 1st December 2018 and a further 2.5% from 1st December 2019, along with a €500 voucher.

But the CIÉ rejected the decision demanding further concessions from the workers.

Manuel Cortes, General Secretary of the TSSA said, "CIÉ demonstrated breathtaking arrogance when they refused to accept the Labour Court decision. They have always accepted Labour Court decisions in the past as a means of ensuring industrial peace.

Our members are managers and white collar workers. Not people who would normally go out on strike! But the CIÉ cannot be allowed to treat our members - and the Irish State's industrial relations machinery - with contempt.

This result is a crystal-clear signal to the company that they must now back down and agree to make the payments in line with the Labour Court recommendations.

I will write to CIÉ informing them of the ballot results. At the same time our union will begin discussions on how and when to take action.

CIÉ have a new head honcho starting on Monday. I very much doubt the first thing he wants to deal with is industrial action! My message is – there's still time to act to resolve this dispute.

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