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Ballot of Siptu members on LRC proposals to begin next week

The agreement averted strikes on Sunday 7, Monday 8, and Sunday 21 September.

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SIPTU MEMBERS AT Irish Rail are to be balloted on proposals which emerged after late-night talks at the Labour Relations Commission to avert proposed strike action.

An agreement averted strikes which would have affected tens of thousands of travellers and commuters on Sunday 7, Monday 8, and Sunday 21 September – the day of the All-Ireland Senior Football Final.

Three week ballot

Members will be balloted on the proposals from 10 September over three weeks.

SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said that a meeting of the Rail Committee of SIPTU met today to discuss the proposals and agreed to put them to a full ballot of the 2,100 union members in Irish Rail.

They added that over the three week period in which members will be balloted, there will be a consultative process on the proposals with the members in Irish Rail.

He said the committee have examined the document issued by the LRC.

Workers at Irish Rail threatened the further strike action in response to what they claim are unilateral cuts to workers’ wages in late August.

Following the LRC discussions the pay cuts have been suspended for the period of the ballot.

Read: All-Ireland train strikes called off after late-night LRC talks>

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