Rail strike enters second day

Tens of thousands of rail passengers =, including those on the Deblin – Sligo line are facing disruption to services today as the strike at Iarnród Éireann enters its second day.

The company has implemented pay cuts of between 1.7% and 1.6%, following prolonged negotiations.

The cost-cutting proposals were accepted by three unions at Iarnród Éireann, but rejected by the National Bus and Rail Union and SIPTU.

Unions and management have been involved in talks on cost-cutting proposals for more than 18 months.

As the strike enters its second day, and with further disruption to services scheduled next month – there is no talk of further negotiations, and no sign of Government intervention.

Iarnród Éireann imposed unilateral pay cuts yesterday, having accumulated losses of almost €150m over the past six years.

The NBRU says its members are being asked to replace funding that the Government reduced.

The NBRU began its 48-hour strike action yesterday.

SIPTU began its 24-hour action today.


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