Irish Rail staff vote to accept pay recommendation

The Labour Court ruling recommended a 7.5% pay increase over three years

Irish Rail staff vote to accept pay recommendation

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Updated at 12.45pm

Union members at Irish Rail have voted to accept a pay deal.

69% of National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) members voted to back the agreement reached at the Labour Court last month.

SIPTU members, meanwhile, voted by 75% to 25% in favour of the deal.

In a statement, Dermot O'Leary of the NBRU said: "Our members have made a mature and pragmatic decision in accepting this pay award after ten years of pay stagnation.

"The third party industrial relations institutions of the State, both the WRC and the Labour Court have demonstrated that their independence is fundamental in disputes of this nature."

He added: "The NBRU will now concentrate on ensuring that our members in Bus Éireann, will soon be in a similar position to colleagues in Iarnród Éireann and Dublin Bus, by achieving a long overdue and well-deserved pay award."

SIPTU's Greg Ennis argued: “This solution to the dispute in Irish Rail could have been arrived at without the major disruption to services which occurred last month if the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, lived up to his commitment to bring together the forum to discuss the future of transport in Ireland."

The ruling recommended a 7.5% pay increase over three years, which would translate to an increase of 2.5% each year.

These would come into effect on December 1st 2017, December 1st 2018 and December 1st 2019.

It is also recommended that staff receive a once-off €500 voucher before the end of the year.

The Labour Court intervention followed a series of 24-hour rail strikes, with several planned strikes suspended as staff voted on the pay recommendation.