Strike set to give Republic of Ireland fans rail pain

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On Wednesday, the Labour Court intervened following two 24-hour strikes in a week by Irish Rail workers.

A Southern Rail train.

The RMT's general secretary Mick Cash said: "RMT members stand solid, united and determined again this morning in the latest phase of strike action in a raft of separate disputes which are about putting safety, security and access to transport services before the profiteering of these rip-off private rail companies". The on-board service concept has been welcomed by our passengers across the board.

ASLEF drivers have accepted a proposed resolution to the long-running dispute with Southern Railways.

He said money should first be spent on safety, increasing line speed and buying more carriages to improve the service and respond to climate change.

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Our members on Southern, after careful consideration and long and hard negotiations, have voted to accept this resolution to our industrial dispute with the company. Some workers believe safety procedures would be compromised.

"Where once such passengers who required assistance were guaranteed a second member of staff to assist, a new clause in this deal deliberately sets out how, where there is no on-board supervisor, the driver will knowingly have to leave such passengers stranded on trains and stations".

"Rather than scheduling further industrial action beyond that, we would urge our trade unions to take the opportunity, listen to the request of the Labour Court and stop this disruption to customers". Similarly, anti-social behaviour on trains could increase without the presence of a guard.

Football fans heading to the second leg of the Republic's World Cup play-off against Denmark in Dublin next week face travel chaos after talks to resolve the Irish Rail dispute failed. "The independent rail regulator has said driver-controlled trains, which have been used in this country for more than 30 years, are safe", the spokesman added.

A survey of over 1,000 businesses for the Rail Delivery Group showed that nearly three out of four fear rail strikes will harm the economy with a third believing they could directly harm their businesses.

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