Hopes for an end to rail strikes as unions to ballot members
THERE was some good news for Louth rail commuters as news emerged that trade unions representing Iarnród Éireann accepted an offer from the company and will now ballot their members.
The welcome development came after the second of five planned one-day strikes by workers.
Louth TD Imelda Munster welcome the move, saying: ‘Everyone wants to see a resolution to this dispute. I am hopeful that both sides can work towards a resolution in the coming days.’
‘ The wider issue of under-investment in rail infrastructure still needs to be addressed, and only the government can do that.’
‘We need Minister Ross to step up to the mark in his brief and to pay attention to the crisis in Irish Rail,’ said the Louth Deputy.
She added: ‘He has been aware of the financial situation at Iarnród Éireann for over a year now, yet he has failed to do anything about it.’
‘He promised to convene a stakeholders forum after the Bus Éireann strike back in April, and he has yet to do so.’
Members of the National Bus & Rail Union on the picket line at Clarke Station, Dundalk last week.