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26/09/2021

There has been some positive developments ahead of the proposed rail strike

Newbridge train station
Both unions that were planning on going on strike at Irish Rail have agreed to meet next week for fresh talks. The proposed strikes were scheduled for two separate days, the first of which was planned for 23 October before workers would strike for a second day on 6 November again. The strikes were planned for peak commuting hours, as workers would down their tools for three hours between 6am and 9am. Over 5,500 people in Kildare rely on train services and the stoppages would cause huge disruption across the county and far beyond. Spokespeople for both confirmed this afternoon that 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. The strikes are over pay, and the unions voted overwhelmingly in favour of the industrial action. Intercity, commuter trains and all DART services would grind to a halt during the strikes if they were to go ahead.

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