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Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Strike set to give Republic of Ireland fans rail pain

Strike set to give Republic of Ireland fans rail pain

Phil Stone, managing director for Arriva North West: "It is disappointing that, having met with the unions last week where we tabled two further improved pay offers they are unwilling to take these back to their membership for a vote".

A Southern Rail train.

Mr Whelan said the agreement means there will be a second, safety-trained person on every train except in "exceptional circumstances", such as a member of staff calling in sick just before a shift or being taken ill during work.

Sharon Keith, Northern's regional director, said the company was prepared to guarantee jobs and pay for conductors for the next eight years if an agreement could be reached on "better customer service".

1 to accept the deal to end their long running dispute.

Cross-border train services are expected to be disrupted by a second day of strike action by rail staff in the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday.

The resolution announcement came as Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) members continued with their strike on Southern Rail and four other networks on Wednesday.

Nick Brown, chief operating officer at GTR, said: "This dispute has been hard for our passengers in particular and we are pleased that we can now move ahead and deliver stability by finally concluding this deal with ASLEF". The on-board service concept has been welcomed by our passengers across the board. "Only this week at the Wimbledon derailment it was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation".

Yesterday was the second 24-hour stoppage in the space of a week - with further strikes expected on November 14, November 23 and December 8.

The RMT's general secretary has said the result didn't change the campaign his union is now running, blasting the deal as "shoddy".

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