Saturday 21 January 2017

Luas strike is sign of worse things to come

Published 12/03/2016 | 02:30

Photo: Caroline Quinn
Photo: Caroline Quinn

This week, the country's senior industrial relations mediator lay down a stark warning for any incoming government that it faces a "slow-ticking time-bomb"on public pay. Director general of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, pointed out that as the Haddington Road Agreement ends, a "myriad of grades" that exists among the 300,000-strong workforce will be up for discussion. Cuts imposed under the agreement and the freeze on increments and extra hours of work run to early summer.

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Big pressure is building up within the industrial pipeline; for instance, the Lansdowne Road Agreement has begun unwinding pay and pension cuts.

Yesterday came the news that Transdev is putting on a special bus service as trams on the Luas green and red lines grind to a halt on the national holiday next week.

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