Pay row ‘will hit trans­port im­prove­ments’

Irish Independent - - News - Robin Schiller

TRADE unions at Ir­ish Rail have warned that trans­port projects such as 10-minute Dart ser­vices will not hap­pen un­til the row over pay is re­solved.

A leaflet is­sued by the Na­tional Bus and Rail Union (NRBU) warned that staff will “sim­ply not en­gage in dis­cus­sions un­til pay is sorted”.

Five days of stop­pages on the rail­ways, which be­gin to­mor­row, ap­pear al­most in­evitable with no signs of the com­pany and trade unions reach­ing an agree­ment.

The NBRU doc­u­ment, which will be placed on trains this morn­ing, says that projects such as a con­nect­ing line be­tween the Dart ser­vice and Luas cross-city could be ham­pered by the strike.

“The re­fusal of Ir­ish Rail to award a flat pay rise is hav­ing a re­stric­tive ef­fect on fur­ther vi­tal ex­pan­sions across the rail net­work,” the doc­u­ment reads.

“The much vaunted 10-minute Dart ser­vice and in­creas­ing com­muter ser­vices along the Maynooth line to con­nect with the Luas Cross-City ser­vice to Broom­bridge (Cabra) are the stand-out projects,” it adds.

Up to 155,000 pas­sen­gers a day will be hit when ser­vices grind to a halt. Fur­ther strikes are also ex­pected to take place on Novem­ber 7, 14, 23 and De­cem­ber 8.

Yes­ter­day it emerged that the av­er­age wage of Ir­ish Rail work­ers would reach of al­most €61,000 if they get the pay rise they are de­mand­ing.

Ir­ish Rail is strug­gling with ac­cu­mu­lated debt of €160m. A Rail Re­view by the Na­tional Trans­port Author­ity and Ir­ish Rail last year said it was un­der-funded by more than €100m a year.

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