IRISH Rail workers are on strike today for 24 hours after pay negotiations broke down.
It is the first in a series of five one-day strikes up to December 8.
Irish Rail workers have been asking for a pay rise of 3.75 per cent, after almost a decade without an increase.
The Communist Party of Ireland expressed its solidarity with the strikers and said that their pay demand was both “very modest” and “long overdue.
“Decent public transport requires proper state funding. The state certainly did not waste the opportunity of the economic crisis but used it to inflict ‘austerity’ on our people. In doing so they slashed the funding of our public services. This funding must be restored immediately,” the party said in a statement.
Rail passenger numbers have grown by half in 10 years but the income from that has been spent on infrastructure — such as track renewal — which should be paid for by the government.