Thursday 29 September 2016

Luas talks adjourned until Monday - discussion described as 'positive'

Siptu describes move to hire in buses during Luas drivers' strike as 'provocative'

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Published 11/03/2016 | 11:53

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

Siptu has described the move to hire in buses during the Luas drivers' strike as 'provocative'.

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Divisional organiser Owen Reidy said it was also regrettable Transdev wouldn’t talk to drivers.

“As long as they continue that, industrial action will continue,” he added.

The Luas talks at the Workplace Relations Commission have been adjourned until Monday.

Transdev MD Gerry Madden described them as "positive".

It was organised earlier THAT stranded Luas passengers will be able to use a bus service to get into Dublin city centre on St Patrick’s Day.

Luas operator, Transdev, said they would put on a special service as trams on the green and red lines are due to grind to a halt during another strike on the national holiday.

Workers are set to hold a 24-hour work stoppage in a dispute over pay rises and better working conditions. The prospect of the threat of strike action being averted is still bleak as drivers are not part of last ditch talks to end the dispute, which continue with three groups of staff, at the Workplace Relations Commission today.

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The special bus service will run from Luas park and ride stops to and from the city centre.

The service will run from 7.30am to 7pm, every 10 minutes.

Luas pre-paid tickets (seven day, 30 day, monthly and annual) and Leap cards, including Family Leap cards, will be accepted on the buses.

Bus tickets can also be purchased at Luas park and ride stops and city centre Luas or bus stops.

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A single adult ticket is €2.00 and a single child ticket is €1.00.

Transdev said passengers, particularly families, should allow extra time to travel to and from the parade.

“Transdev once again apologise to Luas customers for the inconvenience employee strike action is causing,” it said.

Three groups of staff, ticket inspectors and their supervisors and control room staff, began talks at the Workplace Relations Commission this morning in a bid to end the dispute, after lodging more moderate pay claims.

However, drivers are still not part of the talks after Transdev claimed their pay demand of 27pc over five years, or between 5pc and 6pc a year plus a 10pc bonus, is still too high.

Red Line Special Bus Service Route:

 To City: Buses depart Cheeverstown and Red Cow Park and Ride stops and travel direct to Wolfe Tone Quay (beside the Croppies Acre Memorial Park).

 From City: Buses depart Victoria Quay (between Guinness Entrance and Heuston Station) and travel direct to Red Cow and Cheeverstown Park and Ride stops.

Green Line Special Bus Service Route:

 To City: Buses depart Carrickmines, Balally and Stillorgan Park and Ride stops and travel direct to Adelaide Road (between Charlemont Street and Richmond Street South).

 From City: Buses depart Hatch Street Upper (near Dublin Bikes Station) and travel direct to Stillorgan, Balally and Carrickmines Park and Ride stops.

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