Rail chaos set to hit 155000 as strike set to go-ahead tomorrow

Tuesday, 31 Oct, 2017

Meanwhile, Irish Rail has advised customers that it does not expect its Intercity, Dart or commuter rail services to operate tomorrow, and it has outlined a refunds policy for the estimated 155,000 rail passengers - nearly half of them Dart passengers - who will be affected on each of the five strike days.

Around 155,000 customers are expected to be impacted, including 70,000 Dart users and 40,000 Intercity customers. Customers should make alternative arrangements. "We apologise to customers for the inconvenience caused".

Irish Rail workers want a 3.75% a year pay rise over three years to match recent wage increases secured by Luas and Dublin Bus workers.

When announcing the strikes, the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) said: "The responsibility for this dispute lies squarely with the CEO and his management team at Irish Rail". The treatment meted out to staff over the last number of months, and in particular the debacle which occurred at the WRC last evening, has been nothing short of contemptuous and will make a resolution to this dispute even more hard, if not now impossible.

Some of the other days strikes are planned for include November 14th when Ireland play Denmark in the World Cup Qualifier Playoffs at the Aviva, and December 8th - traditionally one of the biggest Christmas shopping days.

A NBRU statement last month indicated the fury of NBRU members at what was described as a "contemptuous attitude" towards Irish Rail staff in refusing to offer a meaningful "no strings attached" pay rise after a decade-long pay freeze.

Further strike action is expected to be planned beyond these dates should no agreement by found by then.