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Industrial relations issues

Iarnród Éireann advises customers that due to further industrial action planned by trade unions, no train services - including Intercity, DART and Commuter routes - are expected to operate on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 7th November
  • Tuesday 14th November (includes Ireland v Denmark World Cup Play-off at Lansdowne Road)
  • Thursday 23rd November
  • Friday 8th December

Full service and refund information is available in our news section.

Dispute issues

Iarnród Éireann regrets the decision by the company’s trade unions, to schedule five 24-hour strikes during November and December.

This arises from a pay claim from trade unions, in the context of a continuing difficult financial situation for the company.

The effect of this industrial action will be clear:

  • There will be disruption to customers, and uncertainty over a prolonged period will lose us business
  • Employees will lose pay for days of industrial action
  • Iarnród Éireann’s precarious finances will be weakened further, in a situation where accumulated losses are €160 million, and the company is dangerously close to insolvency
  • Iarnród Éireann’s ability to address the pay claim will be reduced 

While a general pay increase has not been possible in recent years, the company has throughout the economic crisis ensured salaries were protected, and all increments paid, so that average earnings now stand at over €56,000.  A temporary pay cut ranging from 1.7 percent to 6.1 percent was applied from September 2014 to October 2016, and full pay was restored in October 2016.

At the recent Workplace Relations Commission talks, Iarnród Éireann worked to improve employees’ pay while avoiding insolvency, which would put job security and train services to our customers at risk.

Iarnród Éireann offered a 1.75 percent increase for one year to employees, to be facilitated by measures including performance management, absenteeism management, revisions to redeployment policy and payroll.  It committed to discussing more substantive productivity issues to fund further improvements in earnings in the following two years.

This was not accepted by trade unions, who are seeking a pay increase of 3.75 percent each year for three years, resulting in extra costs of almost €43 million.

Update - 8th November

Iarnród Éireann and its trade unions have accepted an invitation from the Labour Court to attend a hearing of the Court tomorrow (9th November).

At this time we have not been advised of a withdrawal of the further dates of industrial action.

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