Pay row ‘will hit transport improvements’
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.