Belfast Telegraph

Commuters enduring chaos in strike by Irish Rail staff

T ens of thousands of commuters have been battling travel chaos in the first of a series of rail strikes.

Despite pleas from Transport Minister Shane Ross for unions and management to reopen negotiations, pickets were placed at a number of stations.

The dispute centres on a pay claim by Irish Rail workers, while the company has repeatedly warned about the losses it is running up and the threat of going bust.

About 4,000 train drivers, inspectors, ticketing staff and maintenance divisions have taken part in the walkout.

Further strikes are set to take place on Tuesday November 7, Tuesday November 14, Thursday November 23 and Friday December 8.

Despite the looming days of disruption, including one of the busiest shopping days of the year, unions have warned the dispute could worsen.

Irish Rail said all Intercity, Dart and commuter services are off the tracks for the day with the Belfast/Dublin Enterprise only running between Belfast and Newry.

Private bus operators have reported increased demand on their routes to and from Dublin as a result of the strike.

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