Wednesday 26 October 2016

Hopes raised that Luas dispute may be reaching end of the line

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 19/04/2016 | 16:00

Commuters walk on the Luas line during one of the recent strikes. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Commuters walk on the Luas line during one of the recent strikes. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Hopes have been raised today that the long-running Luas dispute may soon reach the end of the line.

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Transdev has revealed that it is likely to meet drivers to discuss its new proposal for a 10pc pay rise.

Drivers had agreed to call off a 48-hour strike this weekend, but had remained outside talks that kicked off with their colleagues today.

Their decision to attend talks comes after Transdev put its workforce of over 250 staff on protective notice.

It threatened to strike them off the payroll from next Monday if they refused to carry out their duties during work-to-rule or work stoppages. It also threatened to cut their pay to recoup its losses due to industrial action.

“We had a positive engagement with three of the four grades represented by Siptu today and further meetings are planned over the next 24 to 48 hours,” said Transdev Managing Director Gerry Madden.

“In relation to the driver grade, the parties are working to agree a mutually convenient date and expect to finalise that by close of business today.”

Transdev met revenue protection officers, revenue protection supervisors and traffic supervisors to discuss a watered-down proposal for a pay increase of 10pc over 33 months.

The offer is lower than a proposal for pay rises up to 18pc brokered at the Workplace Relations Commission at talks hosted by senior mediator Kieran Mulvey. Siptu recommended the deal but staff rejected it by almost 100pc.

It does not include a long-service increment worth over 7pc and arbitration on a bonus due this year.

Transdev extended a deadline of last Sunday for staff to accept its revised offer to enable talks to take place after being approached by the three grades. It said the revised offer was lower than the Workplace Relations Commission package to take account of financial losses due to industrial action since the deal was agreed.

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