SIPTU train drivers have accepted a Labour Court recommendation to enter discussions on outstanding productivity issues. In a ballot of union members, 75% accepted the proposals for a new round of negotiations with the management of Irish Rail to resolve the long running dispute over productivity payments. SIPTU Assistant Organiser, Paul Cullen, he will be writing to the Workplace Relations Commission and Irish Rail to begin negotiations on the productivity elements contained in the Labour Court recommendation at the earliest possible date. He said: “The court has recommended an indicative timescale for these discussions and our members are anxious that there should be no delay in agreeing to put a working party and a negotiation process in place. There is still considerable anger about the previous reluctance of Irish Rail to engage in meaningful talks but union members are clearly willing to make another attempt to reach an agreement on the outstanding productivity issues.”