Thursday 14 December 2017

Luas chiefs split negotiations in bid to end strike deadlock

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Luas management plans to divide and conquer staff as it attempts to get three grades of workers back to the table for talks tomorrow to end the disruptive dispute.

But drivers remain defiant and are threatening to announce further 24-hour and 48-hour strikes.

Ticket inspectors and their supervisors are due to attend talks to end their row over pay rises and better working conditions at the Workplace Relations Commission tomorrow.

Control room staff, of whom there are just 16, met last night to discuss going into discussions on tomorrow.  Talks had broke down last Monday when they demanded a 20pc pay rise upfront, backdated to 2014.

Discussions with drivers also failed after Luas operator Transdev rejected their revised pay claim of 27pc over five years.

It is understood that the two groups that are definitely attending talks tomorrow are seeking pay increases of 4pc a year over five years.

“If there are three grades there on Friday, it’s obviously better than none,” said a Transdev spokeswoman.

Irish Independent

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