Talks between unions and management in the Irish Rail dispute at the Labour Relations Commission have been adjourned until 12pm on Monday.
The two unions - the NBRU and SIPTU - and Irish Rail management spent over three hours this afternoon setting out their position at exploratory talks.
NBRU general secretary Dermot O'Leary said they reiterated their stance that the government needed to be part of the solution because of the affect of cuts to the government's subvention to the company.
He said there was no change to the strike action planned for the 7, 8 and 21 of September because pay cuts which were not agreed upon are still in place.
SIPTU Divisional Organiser Owen Reidy said they also raised the issue of the cuts to the government subvention, saying the future of the railways could not be dealt with exclusively by the company and workers.
He said as things stand nothing had changed to alter the planned industrial action but that they were happen to come back on Monday to recommence discussions with the Commission.
Director of Human Resources for Irish Rail Ciaran Masteron described today's talks as 'constructive' but said there were still significant challenges in relation to solving the dispute.
Asked if he was hopeful that strike action could be averted, he said for the sake of the staff and customers, they should all work together to try and solve the problem, which he believed could be solved.
Three other unions at Irish Rail have accepted the cuts of between 1.7% and 1.6%.
Commuter, DART and Intercity rail services were suspended last Sunday and Monday in a dispute over temporary pay cuts at Irish Rail.