Commuters should start making alternative travel plans as the first of the Irish Rail strikes looks set to go ahead tomorrow.
It is predicted that as many as 155,000 rail commuters will be impacted when all DART, Intercity and Commuter rail services come to a standstill on Wednesday, 1st of November.
Furthermore, commuters are expected to be hit over the next two months, as more one-day nationwide strikes will be taking place. Rail services will stop on:
- Tuesday, November 7
- Tuesday, November 14
- Thursday, November 23
- Friday, December 8
The Irish Examiner quotes National Bus and Rail Union general secretary Dermot O’Leary as being pessimistic that “any viable alternative” would be found to avoid tomorrow's strike.
Irish Rail staff are seeking 3.75% a year pay rise over three years to match recent wage increases given to Luas and Dublin Bus workers.
How can Irish Rail customers get a refund?
For anyone who has booked tickets on the dates of the industrial action, Irish Rail will cancel your booking. You will automatically be refunded seven days prior to your dates of travel. So if you're travelling on November 7 say, you will be refunded on the 31st of October. Allow three-five days for your bank to process your refund.
Customers who have monthly and annual tickets, can apply for a refund which will be processed at the end of the strike action. Commuters can fill out a refund form which will be available when the rail strike ends.