Monday 23 October 2017

Luas strikes for tomorrow and Friday are cancelled

Photo: PA
Photo: PA

Anne-Marie Walsh, Industry Correspondent

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN fans will be relieved after strikes at the Luas tomorrow and Friday have been cancelled.

A notice on Transdev's website says a four hour stoppage due to take place tomorrow from 3pm to 7pm has been called off.

A 24-hour stoppage on Friday has also been cancelled.

The Labour Court this morning invited both parties in for exploratory talks in a bid to end the dispute.

Siptu met with the General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, Patricia King, on Monday to brief her on the row that has led to 12 days of strikes.

Ms King and Luas operator Transdev then met the court to discuss both sides’ stance, and decide if a hearing is worthwhile.

The sides have been deadlocked for weeks in the row over pay increases.

The cancellations will bring huge relief to Dublin commuters, Bruce Springsteen fans who will be making their way to Croke Park on Friday evening, and Irish soccer fans heading to the Aviva Stadium for the clash against the Netherlands on Friday.

In a statement, Siptu said it would attend a Labour Court meeting tomorrow.

“Given this welcome initiative from the Labour Court, the work stoppages by Siptu LUAS Drivers scheduled for tomorrow and Friday have been cancelled," said Siptu Transport, Energy, Aviation and Construction Division Organiser, Owen Reidy.

He said Siptu representatives along with members of the LUAS Driver Committee and ICTU officials will attend the meeting.

Last week, there were fears that the dispute could escalate further after a Siptu shop steward said drivers had decided to ballot for an all-out strike within two weeks.

But Siptu said that no decision has been taken on a date to begin voting.

Mr Reidy said drivers had agreed to ballot if shop stewards decided it was necessary.

Meanwhile, Siptu members have requested a meeting with STT Risk management concerning a pay claim by security workers working on the Luas.

 SIPTU Sector Organiser, Diane Jackson, said the move follows the rejection of a Labour Court recommendation relating to a proposed pay rise by union members.

She said there has been no decision made on a strike ballot.

“The request for discussions is part of an ongoing industrial relations process which is aimed at finding an agreed resolution to the outstanding issues,” she said.

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