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Today is set to be a crucial day for the Irish Rail strikers. 

The Labour Court is due to issue a recommendation for management and unions by this evening.

Iarnród Éireann have held a number of strikes in previous weeks, causing chaos for commuters.

The Trade Union Group will then be meeting on Friday evening to discuss the recommendation. 

Up to 150,000 commuters are left to find alternative means of transport during strike days. 

Iarnród Éireann strikers are calling for a 'no-strings attached' pay rise of 3.75pc per annum.

Three further days of action are planned for next Tuesday November 14, November 23 and December 8.

Each strike is expected to cost the transport company €600,000 in fare revenue and €300,000 in National Transport Authorities penalties.

More on this story as we have it.

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Reports have been circulating for weeks that Bus Éireann drivers intend to stage industrial action due to proposed pay cuts, and this afternoon news broke that a date has been announced.

According to emerging repots, SIPTU have warned that an all-out indefinite strike will take place on February 20 if the company imposes cuts to staff earnings.

When asked whether drivers would be staging a one-day stoppage or an indefinite strike, SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Greg Ennis, said staging a day's action before returning to inferior terms and conditions would be unacceptable.

Speaking to Newstalk, Greg said "SIPTU could not see beyond all out strike from February 20" if the company proceeded with "unilateral cuts to terms and conditions".

Unite's Regional Officer, Willie Quigley, said he has not given up hope of further talks before 20 February.

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Negotiation talks were MEANT to take place today between SIPTU and Transdev Luas Drivers, but they were cancelled before they even started.

As more and more differences arise from both parties, the talks have been shelved for the time being, meaning that the Luas strikes planned for March 8th and Paddy's Day are going ahead.

They're even talking about further strike action after Paddy's Day since claims have been made that Luas drivers are taking prolonged toilet breaks to disrupt the service.

SIPTU's Eoin Reddy said: "If the allegation (of orchestrated toilet breaks) is true, it's serious and it wouldn’t be appropriate or right, (but) just because the company has said it's true, doesn’t mean that it is.

"This is a company that seems to want to spend more time demonising their staff in the media than rolling their sleeves up and negotiating with us."

Since the Luas strikes royally mess up the city, we just want this thing to be worked out once and for all.

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Dublin commuters are sure to hit travel chaos next month as LUAS drivers are set to carry out two 48-hour strikes.

The strikes will take place on February 11 and 12, and a week later on February 18 and 19, which both fall on Thursdays and Fridays. 

SIPTU trade union confirmed the news today and said that the overwhelming vote to take industrial action led to the decision for two day stoppages. 

It will be the first strike for the tram company, as workers are demanding a pay increase of almost 54 percent. 

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