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Christmas rail strike threatened as staff details horrific incidents on trains

  29th October 2021


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Irish Rail staff members have threatened to strike ahead of the Christmas holidays if intimidatory and anti-social behaviour does not come to an end immediately.

In a letter to Taoiseach Micheal Martin, the Minister for Justice, the Minister for Transport and Irish Rail’s senior company management, the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) demand authorities work to protect rail workers from the behaviour which has ‘gone well beyond a tipping point.’

Irish Rail staff also shared a series of anonymous personal accounts fighting, drug-taking, dealing, harassment, and assault onboard the service.a train is parked on the side of a ramp: Irish Rail staff members have threatened to strike ahead of the Christmas holidays if intimidatory and anti-social behaviour does not come to an end immediately.© Provided by Extra.ie Irish Rail staff members have threatened to strike ahead of the Christmas holidays if intimidatory and anti-social behaviour does not come to an end immediately.

In a letter seen by The Irish Times, the NBRU shares that reports of anti-social behaviour have jumped significantly in the last year, with 2,300 reports made between June 2020 and June 2021 — including 70 assaults on staff and customers.

The NBRU are set to ballot members for a mandate to take industrial action next week, which would involve work stoppages in the lead up to Christmas.

One train host gave her account of a harrowing experience onboard a train in August, in which three males ‘bombarded their way into first-class.’a silver train traveling down train tracks near a station: Irish Rail staff also shared a series of anonymous personal accounts fighting, drug-taking, dealing, harassment, and assault onboard the service. Pic: Shutterstock© Provided by Extra.ie Irish Rail staff also shared a series of anonymous personal accounts fighting, drug-taking, dealing, harassment, and assault onboard the service. Pic: Shutterstock

When asked if they had booked first-class tickets, one passenger ‘looked at [her] in disgust,’ while another later refused to wear a face mask onboard.

After a series of events prompted the staff member to ask the three passengers to step off the train, the three men became aggressive and confrontational, causing the worker to ‘fear for [her] safety and that of the passengers.’

She said: ‘[Two of the men] were abusive and threatening. One came over to me a few times saying “Sorry”, but then quietly threatened me saying he “was going to get me bad”. Another time [he said]: “I am going to ride you like a dirty dog”… He said he knew my face and I would be a “very sorry girl over this.”‘

Another staff member said that she was ‘sick of seeing heroin being sorted out at the tables and put into bags by dealers who are dealing openly.’The NBRU are set to ballot members for a mandate to take industrial action next week, which would involve work stoppages in the lead up to Christmas. Pic: RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie The NBRU are set to ballot members for a mandate to take industrial action next week, which would involve work stoppages in the lead up to Christmas. Pic: RollingNews.ie

One train host shared the experience of a horrified passenger who had been sexually assaulted on the train from Tralee to Mallow and had been moved to first class as a result.

‘She explained to me that the guards were called but nothing was done about the man. He was only told to get the train back to Tralee. She was disgusted that staff allowed him to travel back, fearing he could do this to another person.’

In response to the NBRU’s threats to strike, Irish Rail has said that anti-social behaviour is a ‘societal issue’ that does not disappear on board the train, though they have increased security presence on trains by 50% in the last four years.

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