Irish Rail pay talks break down without agreement

The union says it will immediately move to ballot for industrial action

Irish Rail pay talks break down without agreement

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Pay talks between Irish Rail and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) have broken down without a deal.

Discussions had been ongoing at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in Dublin.

NBRU members say they are "furious" at Irish Rail's "contemptuous attitude towards its staff" in refusing to offer a 'no strings attached' pay rise after a decade long pay freeze.

Unions are calling for a wage increase of almost 4%.

However, Iarnród Éireann say it has accumulated debts of €160m.

NBRU General-Secretary Dermot O'Leary says: "After a decade long pay hiatus, the expectation of a long overdue pay rise for Irish Rail staff has not materialised.

"Our members have looked at colleagues in the public transport sector enjoying pay increases of up to 3.75%, while Irish Rail is thumbing its nose at its own staff by making a pitiful offer, at a time when passenger numbers and revenue at Irish Rail are at a historical high, is contemptuous to say the least."

"The patience of a beleaguered workforce has run out after today's charades at the WRC".

The union says it will immediately move to ballot all members for industrial action up to and including all-out strike.

It says this could see travel chaos for commuters "in the next number of weeks."