Tuesday 6 December 2016

Cancellation of planned strike action by LUAS drivers 'a step in the right direction'

Published 03/03/2016 | 17:05

Luas drivers are set to strike
Luas drivers are set to strike

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohue has said the cancellation of the strike action by LUAS drivers next Tuesday (March 8) is a step in the right direction.

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“I welcome the decision to cancel the 24 hour stoppage planned for 8th March and the agreement reached by management and the union to enter talks next week," Mr Donohue said this evening.

"I sincerely hope that this signals an intention to resolve the matter so that regular services, without interruption, can be resumed.”

Mr Donohue also welcomed renewed efforts by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) in its attempt to seek a resolution to the Luas dispute.

Meanwhile, LUAS drivers are set to hold two strikes over the Easter weekend, as well as St Patrick’s Day.

Transdev has said that SIPTU yesterday sanctioned work stoppages on Easter Sunday and Monday.

“Strike action in recent weeks seriously inconvenienced commuters and cost local businesses and the company dearly," Mr Donohue said in the statement.

"The recent escalation of the dispute, which would see the service out of operation on important public holidays, will have a significant negative impact on our tourist industry and on the Dublin economy at what is a crucial time for our city."

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