Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis has today welcomed news that an agreement has been reached between NBRU, SIPTU and Irish Rail which will postpone pay cuts and so avert the possibility of strike action this weekend.
He said the agreement was good news for workers and rail users and hoped that it would lead to a deeper revaluation of plans to make Irish Rail viable into the future.
Deputy Ellis said;
“The services provided by the workers of Irish Rail to the people of Ireland is vital and I am glad that it seems the interests of workers and public transport as a whole will be served by this agreement.
“Many thousands of extra rail users are expected this weekend due to the Hurling All-Ireland Final this Sunday and it is an important day for the company. Workers understandably chose this time to show the importance of their work and their just demand for fair wages.
“I hope this agreement will be positive step in Irish Rails redirection towards a more viable future which was not threatened by the fair wages of their workers. The Minister for Transport Paschal Donoghue must take this agreement as an impetus to work with unions and Irish Rail and others to rebuild and support our public transport network which is vital to our society and our economy.
“Over the last few years the subvention for public transport has been cut considerably. The Minister has said he will not cut the subvention in future budgets but this is not good enough.
“If we truly want a public transport network we must commit to it and that includes accepting the inevitable costs of providing an excellent nationwide service and ceasing to undermine the network by pushing the privatisation agenda pursued by his predecessor Leo Varadkar.”