Up to 150,000 passengers are likely to be hit by the all out strike action tomorrow with Irish Rail staff set to walk off the job in a dispute over their pay rises.
Irish Rail workers want a 3.75% pay hike to match Luas and Dublin Bus drivers, but management are only willing to offer a 1.75% increase.
The strike will affect Intercity, DART and commuter services in what is planned to be the first of five days of stoppages with customers being warned their train tickets won’t be accepted on Dublin Bus or Bus Eireann.
The other strike days are planned for November 14th when Ireland play Denmark in the World Cup Qualifier Playoffs at the Aviva, and December 8th, traditionally one of the biggest Christmas shopping days.
However there is one bit of silver lining for commuters who may be able to avail of half-price taxis.
mytaxi is telling customers to plan ahead and travel during off-peak hours to avoid commuting delays and is offering 50% off card payments between 5am and 7am.
To encourage travelling outside peak hours and skip rush hour delays, mytaxi customers will be able to get 50% off card payments between 5am and 7am. The discount will be automatically applied to all card payments, when hailing a cab and travelling within County Dublin.
Tim Arnold, General Manager of mytaxi Ireland, said:
“Demand for our services tends to spike during transport strikes like this and we expect a sharp increase during peak hours tomorrow.
“We are already seeing unprecedented demand from our customers – so to help them side-step delays and inconvenience, we’re encouraging passengers to travel off-peak between 5am and 7am where possible and get 50% off their taxi fare on us.
“It’s going to be a difficult day for many Dublin commuters – this is our way of helping them avoid the hassle at the beginning of a busy work day.”
Full details of the promotion can be found at: https://ie.mytaxi.com/railstrikes