Updated: 20/10/17 : 05:46:17
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Travel chaos fear as Irish Rail WRC talks break down

Talks between trade unions and Irish Rail have ended without agreement at the WRC.

The talks were aimed at averting strike action at the rail company over the October Bank Holiday weekend. A ballot on strike action has already been taken and the results of that ballot are due today.

Management say they offered a 1.75% increase for one year, through performance management, and revisions to redeployment policy and payroll.

However the offer was rejected by the unions.

Irish Rail says any further industrial action would further worsen the company's financial position and it is urging unions to refer the dispute back to the Labour Court rather than balloting or threatening strike action.

The unions went into the WRC previously seeking a 3.75% pay increase without any associated productivity measures.

In a joint statement the unions involved said:

"We have spent the last twelve hours engaging in what we understood to be last ditch efforts to produce a proposal on pay which could be presented to our members, and in so doing stave off what we consider to be unnecessary industrial action.

"Such action will discommode tens of thousands of commuters over the coming weeks, in the run-up to Christmas and beyond."