31st October 2017
NBRU PRESS RELEASE
NBRU accuse the Department of Transport and Irish Rail of colluding against staff at the company in their pursuance of a long overdue and well-deserved Pay-rise.
General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said:
“It is now quite obvious to those of us that represent frontline transport workers, that there is an “Axis of Collusion” between Department officials and the various transport companies with regard to resisting the genuine pay claims of workers who have gone long periods, ten years in the case of Irish Rail, without a pay rise.”
Mr O’Leary went on to say:
“It is both untenable and unsustainable that the contractual relationship between the CIE companies, (Irish Rail being the latest) is structured in a way that it does not have any provision for pay improvements, and restricts the companies to a level of profit that leaves little or no room for addressing pay. The NBRU is of the view that there is a requirement for all parties, the Department, NTA, the Companies and Trade Unions, to come together and create an environment to periodically (perhaps in advance of Contract being awarded) discuss pay in the Public Transport Sector, such a scenario would obviate the necessity to regularly engage in disruptive industrial action across the various modes of transport”