Sunday 23 October 2016

Luas staff warned they will be put on protective notice if strike continues

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Published 11/04/2016 | 13:32

Commuters walk on the Luas line during an earlier strike Photo: Steve Humphreys
Commuters walk on the Luas line during an earlier strike Photo: Steve Humphreys

LUAS operator Transdev has warned 250 staff it will put them on protective notice if strikes continue.

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It made the warning to all four grades of workers at the company after revealing there is “no basis for any talks”.

It is understood that Transdev tabled a new set of pay proposals at a meeting today at the Red Cow Depot. The package was 10pc lower than a deal agreed with Siptu oficials at the Workplace Relations Commission which has been rejected by staff.

Transdev is losing €100,000 to run the service for each day of strike action that takes place.

It is understood that its revised pay proposal to staff would mean pay increases in two instalments of 2pc, followed by two 3pc increases over 33 months.

Sources said Siptu sought increases higher than the Workplace Relations Commission proposal, which equalled up to 18pc for some drivers, at today’s meeting.

In a statement, Transdev said Siptu’s expectations “remain in excess” of what was proposed at the Workplace Relations Commission, and on that basis any discussions would have "no prospect of success".

“In view of the additional 7.5 days of notified industrial action, the company took the opportunity to outline the serious consequences of this dispute continuing and undertook to write to SIPTU and our employees setting out its position,” it said in a statement.

Transdev and the union met today in the Luas Red Cow Depot to discuss the ongoing dispute.

The company said management entered the discussions with a view to exploring the basis for the union rejection of the Workplace Relations Commission proposals.

It said it wanted to share the financial challenges the company is facing and to outline to SIPTU a revised pay proposal.

It said the revised proposal takes account of the five days of industrial action since the Workplace Relations Commission proposal was rejected and “reflects the reduced financial resources available to the company”.

“Based on the meeting this afternoon it is apparent that there is no basis for any talks or other intervention in this dispute at this point,” said Transdev.

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