Sunday 4 December 2016

Passengers on Luas face disruption at peak times from today as staff launch work-to-rule

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 06/02/2016 | 02:30

Up to 90,000 Luas passengers face chaos and retailers predict losses of €1m a day after industrial action began last night. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Up to 90,000 Luas passengers face chaos and retailers predict losses of €1m a day after industrial action began last night. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Up to 90,000 Luas passengers face chaos and retailers predict losses of €1m a day after industrial action began last night.

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Passengers may face disruption at peak times from today after staff launched a work-to-rule.

The action will escalate to strikes next week.

Staff are seeking pay rises of between 8pc and 54pc but the claim has been rejected by the Luas operator, Transdev.

Over 240 workers are involved in the work-to-rule, which could affect rugby fans on their way to the Ireland v Wales Six Nations clash.

The action will be followed by a 48-hour strike next Thursday, followed by a further two-day stoppage on February 18 and 19.

Siptu said the action could affect services on the tramline at peak times.

The work-to-rule means staff will refuse to do any work other than their designated rosters and duties. They will stick strictly to their start and finishing times.

They will not work overtime or work in another depot, if they are asked by their managers.

In addition, they will not answer phones outside working hours.

Luas operator Transdev has apologised to passengers for any inconvenience.

Irish Independent

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