SIPTU representatives have stated that the 24-hour work stoppage by Irish Rail workers which will begin at 00.01 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, 7th November) is the regrettable result of a failure by management and the Government to seek a just resolution to the dispute at the public transport company. SIPTU TEAC Organiser, Greg Ennis, said: “Regrettably there has been no initiative taken by either the management of Irish Rail or the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, in seeking to find a solution to this dispute. “Our members do not wish to be returning to the picket lines tonight but they have been left with no alternative. They remain resolute and strong in their belief that it is only by conducting industrial action that their concerns about the future of the company and the failure of staff to receive a pay rise in 10 years will be adequately highlighted.” He added: “It is time for the Minister for Transport to accept his responsibilities and commence a process involving all the stakeholders to ensure that the crisis in Irish Rail is speedily resolved. If he continues to sit on his hands and do nothing the current dispute will worsen, with three more days of industrial action already scheduled with a further escalation in the lead up to Christmas an unfortunate but very real possibility.”