18th October 2017
NBRU PRESS RELEASE
NBRU accept a WRC invitation to attend for further pay talks (Thursday 19th) in advance of anticipated Industrial Action at Irish Rail.
General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said:
“We have, in deference to the good Offices of the Workplace Relations Commission, accepted an invitation to enter discussions regarding the ongoing pay dispute at Irish Rail, this engagement, coming as it does 24 hours in advance of the receipt of our members anticipated mandate to engage in industrial action in pursuance of this long overdue and well-deserved pay rise, will require a lot more from the Company than the feeble efforts heretofore.”
Mr. O’Leary went on to say:
“It is only a short few days since front-line workers at Irish Rail were being lauded by the Company hierarchy for their efforts towards getting vital economic and social rail services up and running in a matter of hours following Hurricane Ophelia, those same workers are now seeking management to come to the table with a mandate to negotiate tangible pay improvements. The modus operandi to-date of simply turning up to the State institutions and engaging in a futile exercise of kicking the can down the road, by insisting that an efficiency based pay award is the only show in town, will simply not pass muster for our members, and will inevitability lead to widspread disruption to all rail services, inclusive of Inter-city, Commuter and Dart within a matter of days.”