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Saturday 25 January 2020

Luas bosses ‘drowning in CVs’ as hundreds apply for driver jobs, despite no vacancies until 2017

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

Meadhbh McGrath

Luas operator Transdev has been “bombarded” with job applications following the long-running pay dispute.

An inside source said the HR department has received so many hundreds of applications that they were unable to reply to them all.

“The HR person is drowning in a sea of CVs. We had a policy up until now of responding to everybody but we can’t even respond to them now, there are just too many,” the source told

Yesterday, tram drivers held another one-day strike, marking the ninth day of industrial action taken since February. Further stoppages are planned for May 4, May 13, May 20, May 26 and May 27.

The source added that it was the same conditions that were being disputed in the strikes that had appealed to job seekers.

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“It’s been ironic, because what people actually like is what’s in dispute as well – the certainty of the job, the shift pattern, and every second weekend off.

“It’s such a highly publicised dispute, so the salaries are all out there. There are thousands of people listening,” the source said, noting the current pay grades, the pension and the 24 days of annual leave for drivers as further draws.

Despite the overwhelming interest, the source said Transdev are not currently recruiting, and there will likely be no vacancies until construction on the Luas Cross City is completed in 2017.

“People are applying in their droves. It would be fair to say that there’s a very healthy appetite for working here, but we’re not hiring at the moment,” the source said.

Earlier this week, Transdev threatened to dock drivers' wages by 10pc if the strikes continued beyond this morning, claiming that it was an effort to recoup costs incurred during the stoppages.

The pay cut will be implemented from today.

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