Friday 28 October 2016

LUAS staff to be docked up to four days pay this month due to strike action

Published 17/02/2016 | 08:32

Luas trams at the Red Cow depot. Photo: Gareth Chaney
Luas trams at the Red Cow depot. Photo: Gareth Chaney

LUAS staff who are taking part in the strike action this week will be docked up to four day's pay in their next month's salary.

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Operator Transdev has said that the payroll systems are structured this month so that these employees will have up to four days pay deducted.

SIPTU are representing LUAS staff who are in dispute with management over pay rises and better working conditions.

This week’s 48-hour stoppage will begin at midnight tonight and services will not return until Saturday morning.

It is understood that staff taking to the picket line were under the impression that deductions from last week's strike and this Thursday and Friday would be spread out over two pay periods.

However, Transdev managing director Gerry Madden sent a letter to staff yesterday stating that all four days would be taken into account in February payroll.

"For some employees, this will mean up to four days of deductions from their wages on the 26th of February," read the letter.

"Next month's payroll will be simillarly affected for the 24-hour stoppages scheduled to take place on March 8 and 17".

Average pay for a ticket inspector is €36,861, while revenue protection supervisors get €42,092.

Drivers' earn €44,234 a year, while a traffic supervisor's average pay is €52,728, including bonuses and overtime.

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