SIPTU members in Irish Rail have voted by 71% to 29% to reject proposals presented by the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) in relation to changes to their terms and conditions of employment, in a ballot which was counted today (Thursday, 27th February) in Liberty Hall, Dublin. SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: “Our members were unable to accept these proposals. Members are concerned that while they have taken measures in recognition of the financial position of the company over the past three years, similar reductions in non-payroll and managerial costs have not been pursued with the same vigour. The members also question the Government’s commitment to the public transport network given the lack of funding for the service.” He added: “SIPTU representatives remain available to enter into negotiations with the management of Irish Rail on all issues of concern related to the proper maintenance of this vital public service.”