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LIMERICK CLERICAL STAFF ENDORSES CALL FOR FAIRNESS IN RAILWAY WAR BONUS |

LIMERICK CLERICAL STAFF ENDORSES CALL FOR FAIRNESS IN RAILWAY WAR BONUS

In a recent meeting held in Limerick, the clerical staff representing agents, stationmasters, and clerks of Limerick and its district came together to address a pressing issue concerning the equitable distribution of government assistance to railway employees amidst the challenging economic climate. The gathering, held on Saturday, saw a resolution unanimously passed, endorsing the efforts of the Executive Committee and Irish Council of the Railway Clerks’ Association in advocating for parity between Irish railways and their counterparts in Great Britain regarding the allocation of war bonuses to meet the rising cost of living.

The resolution put forth by the assembly underscored the perceived injustice faced by both the railway companies and their employees in Ireland due to the current disparity in government support. It emphasised the need for Irish railways to receive comparable assistance to their British counterparts, particularly in light of the shared challenges posed by the heightened cost of living. The meeting further called upon Irish Members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to exert their influence and ensure that Irish railway employees are not unfairly discriminated against in the provision of essential financial aid.

The issue of securing fair treatment for Irish railway workers in accessing the government’s support package has been a matter of increasing concern, with stakeholders across the industry expressing their frustration at the apparent discrepancy in assistance between Ireland and Great Britain. The disparity has been particularly felt by the clerical staff in Limerick and its surrounding areas, who have been grappling with the mounting pressures of inflation and economic uncertainty without commensurate relief measures.

The resolution passed at the meeting reflects a broader sentiment within the Irish railway community, highlighting the urgent need for action to rectify the existing imbalance and ensure that all employees are afforded the support necessary to navigate the current economic challenges. By endorsing the call for parity in the distribution of war bonuses, the clerical staff of Limerick and its district have signalled their commitment to upholding the principles of fairness and equality within the railway industry.

As discussions continue at both the local and national levels, stakeholders remain hopeful that their collective efforts will yield tangible results in addressing the grievances of Irish railway employees and securing the necessary government assistance to alleviate the financial strain caused by the escalating cost of living. In the meantime, the clerical staff of Limerick and its district stand united in their resolve to advocate for the rights and welfare of all railway workers, underscoring the importance of equitable treatment and fair compensation in sustaining a thriving and resilient railway sector.

Dublin Daily Express – Monday 12 April 1915

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