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Friday 20 April 2018

National Transport Authority not planning any further penalties against Transdev as Luas dispute escalates

Walking the LUAS Line near Charlemont St
Walking the LUAS Line near Charlemont St
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Penalties beyond fines for every day that Transdev doesn’t operate the Luas system due to an industrial dispute is not on the cards – yet.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) tonight confirmed that it is not seeking to impose further sanctions at this time against the Luas operator while it is embroiled in an ongoing with Luas drivers and other members of the trade union SIPTU.

“We are not there yet,” an NTA spokesperson told RTE News.

However the transport regulator described the dispute, which has left 90,000 passengers without tram service now for 10 days of strikes, as unfortunate.

The dispute is costing the NTA about €150,000 a day in lost fare revenue while Transdev is in turn being hit with fines of €100,000 a day for not delivering services.

Meanwhile, RTE is reporting that Luas drivers are poised to serve notice on Monday of up to eight more days of strikes in June.

The service ground to a halt today for the tenth time during the long-running dispute.

Further strikes are planned for May 13, May 20, May 26 and May 27 unless both sides reach an agreement.

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