Another Irish Rail strike could be on the way after unions rejected the latest Labour Court recommendation concerning pay.
Members of SIPTU and IBRU overwhelmingly rejected the recommendation that would have seen drivers receive an immediate 1.15 percent pay increase on top of the 7.5 percent pay increase for all workers over three years.
Union members have not balloted for industrial action, but have said that they will react accordingly if an agreement is not met.
NBRU General Secretary Dermot O’Leary said today that the onus is now on Irish Rail to “reflect the results of the ballot.”
RTÉ reports that 93 percent of NBRU members voted to reject the 1.15 percent pay rise, with 83 percent of SIPTU members also voting no.
In a tweet, O’Leary said:
“NBRU Train Drivers reject proposal to move from a voluntarist system of training to one which would become compulsory.
“Onus now on both sides to reflect on result of ballot. Any unilateral action by Irish Rail management will inevitably cause a reaction.”
@DermotLeary NBRU Train Drivers reject Proposal to move from a Voluntarist system of training to one which would become Compulsory.
Onus now on both sides to reflect on result of Ballot. Any unilateral action by Irish Rail management will inevitably cause a reaction.
— DermotoLeary NBRU GS (@DermotLeary) January 10, 2018
Irish Rail released a statement saying that they would urgently consider the ballot’s result.