SIPTU members in Irish Rail have today (Wednesday, 21st May) voted by 51% to 49% to reject a Labour Court recommendation issued in relation to cost containment plans at the transport company. Over 1,700 members participated in the ballot which was conducted by the SIPTU Irish Rail Committee. SIPTU Organiser, Paul Cullen, said: “Our members have found this recommendation as it currently stands unacceptable. We would now ask the company to reflect on this rejection of the recommendation. SIPTU representatives will be in contact with the management of Irish Rail in the coming days to discuss our members’ position.” He added: “Following the rejection of these proposals, SIPTU members in Irish Rail will now be balloted on strike and industrial action which will be undertaken if management attempt to implement changes to workers’ terms and conditions of employment without agreement.”