Saturday 21 April 2018

Commuters face rush hour chaos as Luas services hit by latest strike action

Luas carries up to 90,000 passengers across Dublin every day
Luas carries up to 90,000 passengers across Dublin every day

Meadhbh McGrath

Up to 90,000 passengers will face disruption today as Luas services are hit by another strike.

Both red and green tram lines will not operate, and commuters are warned of increased pressure on other public transport services and excess traffic on major routes around the city.

Drivers are taking the action as part of their campaign for improved working conditions and a pay claim of over 20pc.

Normal service will resume on Friday morning at 5.30am, and further strike action is expected to take place on Wednesday, May 4.

The latest strike comes after Luas operator Transdev threatened to impose a 10pc pay cut if drivers continued their industrial action.

Transdev said the move, which will come into effect from Friday morning, is an effort to cover costs incurred as a result of the strikes.

The union representing the drivers, SIPTU, described the pay cuts as “provocative and unprecedented”, and said such a reduction would be illegal, as its members are engaged in a legitimate industrial dispute with the company.

Luas drivers will meet this evening to discuss the latest developments.

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