Friday 21 October 2016

Transdev places Luas staff on protective notice

Published 12/04/2016 | 18:51

Luas operator Transdev loses €100,000 for each strike day
Luas operator Transdev loses €100,000 for each strike day

Luas operator Transdev has placed all staff on protective notice with immediate effect.

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In a letter to staff the company said future employment will be on a day-to-day basis until further notice

And staff who continue industrial action after April 24 have been told they will face pay deductions to offset the cost of the dispute.

In a letter, signed by Transdev Managing Director Gerry Madden, the company said it was forced into the move given the rejection of the Workplace Relations Commission proposal by all four grades.

The workers have been given until this Sunday, April 17 to accept a revised pay offer which is lower than the WRC proposals overwhelmingly rejected by staff some weeks ago.

Transdev has proposed a 10pc pay increase for Luas drivers over the next three years

The proposal for a resolution to the dispute will see staff get a 2pc increase on acceptance; a further 2% in January 2017; 3% in January 2018; and a final 3% in January 2019.

The company warned that any future offer will be even lower.

Siptu tonight condemned the move by Transdev. In a statement Divisional Organiser Owen Reidy said: “Transdev has escalated the dispute by breaking off all talks and threatening our members’ livelihoods. This move makes a negotiated settlement to this dispute even more remote.                                                   

“SIPTU members are engaged in a lawful trade dispute and are fully compliant with both their collective agreements with the company and the Industrial Relations Act 1990. If this was not the case the company would have sought a court injunction before now. It has not done this as it has no grounds to do so.”

He added: “In the letter the company proposes that members should consider an offer to resolve the dispute that is inferior to a proposal from the Workplace Relations Commission that was rejected by 99% of staff. Unfortunately, it is quite clear the company is in no mood to resolve the dispute. SIPTU will support its members against their employer’s actions and is now considering a ballot for an all-out strike.

“At a meeting yesterday with SIPTU representatives the company closed down talks and refused the possibility of any third party intervention.

"Regrettably, Transdev has chosen to act in an aggressive manner. It should be remembered that it has pursued this course of action while operating a multi-million euro publicly funded State contract.

“SIPTU members are now calling on the other stakeholders in this dispute to clearly condemn the company’s actions and call upon it to make itself available for dialogue. Only through dialogue can we reach a settlement to this dispute that all parties can accept.”

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