SIPTU train drivers have expressed disappointment at the failure of the management of Irish Rail to adequately address the issue of past productivity which led to the breakdown of talks at the Workplace Rights Commission (WRC) that were aimed at resolving the dispute at the company. SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: “Due to the breakup of these talks, without agreement, a work stoppage by SIPTU train drivers will take place as scheduled on Friday, 23rd October, between 6.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m.  “Despite trade union representatives on several occasions raising the issue at the centre of this dispute, which is the company’s failure to honour a commitment to discuss past productivity, management failed to adequately engage on this subject. No proposals emerged that addressed trade union members’ concerns. “Our members regret having to take industrial action but they have been left with no alternative due to management still refusing to honour an agreement it entered into in September 2014.” A further work stoppage is also scheduled for Friday, 6th November, between 6.00 a.m. and 9.00 a.m.