Union withdraws from Irish Rail talks on pay

One of the main unions involved in a dispute with Irish Rail has withdrawn from talks with management.

The National Bus and Rail Union had attended the talk despite rejecting a Labour Court recommendation based around pay cuts and cost-saving measures at the company.

Workers are being asked to contribute 1.7% of their salary for next 28 months while maintaining the same service levels.

NBRU General Secretary is Dermot O’Learry said Irish Rail had made no serious attempt to address staff concerns.

"We were invited to what was described by the chief executive of Irish Rail as intensive discussions," he said.

"Unfortunately, there was nothing significant there for our members in terms of overturning (the previous) rejection."

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