Friday 9 December 2016

Luas drivers plan strikes in protest over wages

Published 26/08/2015 | 02:30

Transport Minister Pascal Donohoe has already faced a number of disputes during his time in the post
Transport Minister Pascal Donohoe has already faced a number of disputes during his time in the post

Luas drivers are preparing to launch a wave of strike action in protest over their pay and conditions, the Irish Independent has learned.

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Workers are threatening to down tools in the coming weeks as anger grows over the lack of progress stemming from talks between their union, Siptu, and company management.

The drivers insist their pay has been "stagnant" in recent years and is now significantly below that of drivers across the public transport sector.

Workers have been meeting in private in recent weeks over the prospect of holding work stoppages before the end of the year.

But the prospect of strike action by over 200 Luas workers comes as the country's train drivers prepare to ballot amid an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions at the semi-state company, Irish Rail.

The clear sense of discontent among the transport workers will prove to be of deep concern to Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe, who has faced a number of bitter disputes in his short time at the Department of Transport.

In relation to the escalating Luas dispute, unions and management are scheduled to hold talks on September 29 at the Labour Court.

Irish Independent

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