Friday 24 November 2017

Luas drivers now consider ballot on all-out strike

Disruption: Commuters walking on the Luas line.
Disruption: Commuters walking on the Luas line. Newsdesk Newsdesk

Talks in a bid to resolve the dispute over pay for Luas workers broke down this evening at the Workplace Relations Commission.

SIPTU's Divisional organiser Eoin Reidy said Luas staff will now consider a number of options including a ballot for all-out strike.

It is understood SIPTU have said workers have halved their claim for a pay increase of 53pc for drivers.

The unions are now seeking 6pc a year for five years, with some of that backdated to 2014.

It was hoped that talks would halt further strikes on St Patrick's Day, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

Managing Director of Luas operator Transdev Ireland Gerry Madden said he had not received any formal notification from SIPTU of a reduction in the pay increase claim.

In a statement, Transdev said: "We wish to acknowledge the assistance of the WRC in seeking to move this dispute forward.

"The revised position put forward by two groups Revenue Protection Officers and Supervisors while still significantly beyond the company position does provide a basis for further discussions.

"We are anxious to progress matters with these groups under the auspices of the WRC and further meetings will be scheduled as soon as can be arranged.

"However, the ‘bottom line’ positions put forward by the drivers and traffic supervisors do not provide any realistic basis for negotiations.

"At this stage, we are requesting SIPTU to convene a general meeting of their members as a matter of urgency to review the mandate for industrial action (including St Patrick's Day and Easter Sunday/Monday) and to establish whether the positions being put forward by the internal representatives reflects the views of the majority of their members.

"Following this meeting the company will re-engage with SIPTU to determine if a basis then exists for resolving this dispute," the statement added.

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