Saturday 3 December 2016

Luas drivers pay will be cut by 10pc from Friday if strike action continues, Transdev warns

David Kearns

Published 26/04/2016 | 19:43

Photo: PA
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Luas drivers will see their pay cut by 10 pc from Friday if strike action continues, warns Luas operator Transdev.

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The company has formally written to SIPTU and its employees to advise them that from the end of this week they intent to cut the wages of drivers who refuse to “carry out their full range of duties required under their contract.”

“Transdev will reduce the Driver Grade’s Pay for the duration of the Work to Rule by an initial percentage of not less than 10 pc of the basic salary of those employees,” reads the letter sent to staff.

“[This] reduction reflects the additional operational and payroll costs being incurred by Transdev overstaffing the system to mitigate the impact of work to rule on the customer and Luas Service.”

Ahead of Thursday’s strike action, Gerry Madden, MD, Transdev, said he would like drivers to speak to their local union representatives and ask them what outcome they hoped to achieve with more strikes.

“Sensible voices need to emerge,” he said.

“Transdev remains committed to finding a resolution to this dispute. We have done a deal with 3 grades and wish to do a deal with the Driver Grade.”

Luas management confirmed to Independent.ie that if work to rule continues beyond 4am on Friday 29th April 2016, and if drivers do not commit to carry out the full range of duties required under their contracts of employment, then the 10 pc pay cuts would come into affect “immediately.”

Thursday's Luas strike is set to go ahead after talks between drivers and Transdev ended in a stalemate last night.

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