Sunday 25 September 2016

Aim to get 'both parties' into same room next week to resolve Luas dispute

Published 25/02/2016 | 13:17

Commuters walking along the Luas tracks at Ranelagh following strike. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Commuters walking along the Luas tracks at Ranelagh following strike. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The main aim is to get "both parties" into the same room to resolve the Luas dispute next week, the head of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) said today.

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WRC director general Kieran Mulvey said the group have a "good record" in resolving industrial disputes and are hopeful in reaching an agreement between Luas tram drivers and the operator Transdev soon.

The drivers' trade union Siptu said the planned strikes for March 8 and St Patrick's Day have not been called off, but Mr Mulvey said they are determined to halt any further disruption to Luas passengers.

"Our view is to get them into the same room, this is what we normally do and we have a good track record in resolving disputes and we know the parties," Mr Mulvey told Newstalk's Lunchtime.

"We set aside a few days next week so hopefully we can get to an agreement which would prevent any further disruption to services.

"At the moment the threat of industrial strike has not been lifted. Our view is to solve this and put our best effort into it," he added.

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