SIPTU members in Irish Rail have voted by 75% to 25% to accept a Labour Court recommendation on pay aimed at resolving the dispute at the public transport company, in a ballot counted today (Friday, 8th December) in Liberty Hall, Dublin. The proposals include a 7.5% pay increase over the next three years, backdated to 1st December, 2017. A voucher to the value of €500 will also be provided to workers prior to Christmas 2017. SIPTU Transport, Energy, Aviation and Construction (TEAC) Division Organiser, Greg Ennis, said: “This solution to the dispute in Irish Rail could have been arrived at without the major disruption to services which occurred last month if the Minister for Transport, Shane Ross, lived up to his commitment to bring together the forum to discuss the future of transport in Ireland. “Instead our members were left with no option but to conduct a campaign of industrial action to have their legitimate claim for their first pay-rise in nine years vindicated.” SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: “Over the last two years there has been major industrial action at Dublin Bus, Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. It is in order to end such a chaotic approach to public transport, so that the travelling public is not unnecessarily inconvenienced again, that SIPTU representatives are repeating our request that the Minister agrees a mutually acceptable time and date to begin the necessary dialogue on the future of public transport.”