Date Released: 08 October 2015
SIPTU train drivers in Irish Rail will undertake two three-hour work stoppages as part of a campaign of industrial action which results from the company reneging on a commitment to discuss past productivity.
At a meeting this afternoon (Thursday, 8th October) the SIPTU Irish Rail Drivers committee decided the work stoppages will take place on Friday, 23rd October, and Friday, 6th November, between 6.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m.
SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: “The decision to undertake this industrial action indicates the level of frustration felt at the company’s refusal to honour an agreement to discuss past productivity it entered into in September 2014.
“Our members regret having to take industrial action but they have been left with no alternative due to management adopting an industrial relations strategy which allows it to disregard past agreements.”
He added: “Decisions concerning the date and time of future industrial actions will be based on the company’s response to these limited work stoppages. Our members realise that industrial action will inconvenience customers but hope they realise that workers are left with no choice when faced with complete intransigence from management.”
Over 92% of SIPTU train drivers in Irish Rail voted in favour of industrial action in a ballot counted earlier this month.