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Next stop, peace? Talks to end rush hour train strikes happen next week

The first strike is scheduled for the Friday of the bank holiday weekend, between 6 and 9am.

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Updated 3pm 

THE TWO UNIONS planning strike action at Irish Rail have agreed to fresh talks next week.

The NBRU and Siptu have agreed to enter talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (formerly the Labour Relations Commission), spokespeople for both organisations confirmed this afternoon.

It followed an invitation from the company.

Planned strikes

Details of the planned action were firmed up by the two unions yesterday.

Staff plan to stage stoppages for three hours, on both 23 October and 6 November.

The mooted strikes would last from 6am to 9am each day.

The first stoppage is scheduled for the Friday before the October bank holiday weekend – a period when carriages are typically packed with commuters, and passengers taking a long weekend break.

The unions voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action earlier this week, in a row over pay.

The company has repeatedly insisted the action is unnecessary, and that it remains available to engage with staff.

If the strikes go ahead all DART, intercity and commuter services will be affected, the unions and Irish Rail confirmed.

Originally posted Thursday. 

Read: “No progress” today, but talks to avoid another train strike will continue>

Read: More talks at LRC today — but train strike threat remains in place for weekend>

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