Ireland -Bitter dispute on working conditions at Irish rail -September 02, 2014

An amended Labour Court Recommendation on a cost cutting plan for the railway company was rejected in a ballot. The plan included temporary pay cuts for 28 months ranging from 1.7% to 6.1%.

An amended Labour Court Recommendation on a cost cutting plan for the railway company was rejected in a ballot. The plan included temporary pay cuts for 28 months ranging from 1.7% to 6.1%. The company had warned workers that if intensive negotiations failed to secure agreement on cost reductions, it would unilaterally implement the cuts set out in the recommendation. However, the recommendation was rejected by SIPTU and the National Bus and Rail Union. Other unions at the company, the TSSA, the TEEU and Unite, accepted the Labour Court recommendation, but the overall ballot result was 51% against, 49% in favour. The company thereafter imposed pay-cuts to the workforce. The trade unions reacted and stated that their members will stop work on four of five planned dates, with 'work to rule' on one date. Officials at the Labour Relations Commission asked the unions to call off the strike and to engage in formal talks.

English: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/lrc-talks-aim-to-halt-second-wave ...    

http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0711 ...  

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/irish-rail-workers-confirm-strike ...  

 

For more information, please contact the editor Jan Cremers, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS) cbn-aias@uva.nl or the communications officer at the ETUI, Mariya Nikolova mnikolova@etui.org. For previous issues of the Collective bargaining newsletter please visit http://www.etui.org/E-Newsletters/Collective-bargaining-newsletter. You may find further information on the ETUI at www.etui.org, and on the AIAS at www.uva-aias.net.


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