Thursday 8 December 2016

Anne-Marie Walsh: Luas row driven by shop stewards from the start

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 13/04/2016 | 02:30

Luas. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Luas. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Some say Liberty Hall has not met with a dispute like this Luas one before. It's hard not to suspect that Siptu leader Jack O'Connor might have liked to have been able to declare that strikes were suspended during the 1916 commemorations as a gesture of goodwill on such an historic occasion.

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Siptu's history is intricately linked with the Easter Rising and the union leader hosted a major programme of commemorative events to mark the occasion. But no appeal by Siptu at that stage - whether it was made or not - was likely to have worked.

From the start, the Luas dispute has been driven by shop stewards rather than their union officials.

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