Failure to avert Luas strike will hit economy
Published 18/02/2016 | 02:30
At the height of a General Election, the last thing a Government needs is a rolling transport strike.
There will be no Luas today or tomorrow and the Small Firms Association has warned that a further planned strike on St Patrick's Day could cost Dublin city around €50m in lost revenue.
Severe disruption to the public, and massive loss to the economy, adds up to a lose-lose situation.
Tens of thousands of people are now forced to make alternative travel arrangements, as the workers strike.
Undoubtedly, there are grievances which need to be addressed, but the way to do this is by conciliation and negotiation.
The strike is also clocking up State penalties of €100,000 for every day that the service fails to operate.
SIPTU has very sensibly urged all parties, including Transport Infrastructure Ireland, to re-enter talks.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has also called for an agreement, but there are no signs of any intervention.
The row over pay and terms and conditions has to be resolved sooner or later. It is clearly in the best interests of all concerned that it be sooner.