Staff al­ready giv­ing ex­tra

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

TICKET in­spec­tor Declan Do­herty be­lieves the pro­duc­tiv­ity Ir­ish Rail man­age­ment are look­ing for is al­ready be­ing given by work­ers on a daily ba­sis.

He be­lieves this is down to the loss of staff over the past decade.

“We’ve lost a lot of staff here over the last five, six, seven years. Any­one that took vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy wasn’t re­placed,” he says.

His own work­load sell­ing and in­spect­ing tick­ets has in­creased due to the rise in the num­ber of closed or un­manned sta­tions he says.

“In my own line, there’s sta­tions along the Sligo-Dublin line that are closed at 3 o’clock in the af­ter­noon that we’re cov­er­ing.

“Staff lev­els have been dec­i­mated here. IT’s not just at this de­pot but ev­ery de­pot along the line and at week­ends. They’re on about in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity but we’re giv­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity al­ready and we feel we’re en­ti­tled to a pay rise for it.

“It’s a nat­u­ral thing - you should get re­warded for what you do. That’s all we’re look­ing for. It’s as sim­ple as that. Man­age­ment seem to get pay rises and pro­duc­tiv­ity pay rises down through the last four or five years but the guys do­ing the work on the ground don’t seem to get re­warded for what they’re do­ing,” says Declan.

He says that in Sligo, they’ve been re­duced from a three man crew on a train down to a two man crew, or more of­ten, just the train driver on his own, re­spon­si­ble for up to 900 pas­sen­gers at a time.

“We’ve given a lot of pro­duc­tiv­ity. There’s a lot of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour out there. There’s un­manned sta­tions at night time, evenings, week­ends - it’s a one man crew that deal­ing with all that,” says Declan.

“Any short­fall in staff has been picked up by the guys left be­hind. The good­will has been shown by staff.

“No staff has ever re­fused (ex­tra du­ties) over the last nine or ten years. So if they com­pany are look­ing for more pro­duc­tiv­ity for a pay rise, it’s to­tally wrong on their be­half,” he says.

“We have al­ready given the ex­tra pro­duc­tiv­ity, ev­ery man and woman in this com­pany, cler­i­cal and of­fice staff - all have been re­duced,” he adds.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.