Thursday 23 November 2017

Commuters still facing disruption despite 'useful' talks in Luas dispute

Commuters walking along the Luas tracks at Ranelagh following strike. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Commuters walking along the Luas tracks at Ranelagh following strike. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Luas passengers are still facing further disruption after tram drivers refused to call off their industrial action despite "useful" talks at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

The drivers' trade union Siptu said the planned strikes for March 8 and St Patrick's Day had not been called off. Following separate meetings with Siptu and Luas operator Transdev yesterday, WRC director general Kieran Mulvey said he would get back to both sides by the weekend to determine whether there was room for negotiation.

Speaking after a three-hour meeting with Siptu last night, Mr Mulvey said: "We had a useful engagement with both sides today. There are a number of issues that have arisen with both sides which we need to clarify tomorrow. On the basis of what we may hear from both parties, then we'll be in a position... to make a decision around whether or not a substantive intervention by the commission at this stage would serve a useful purpose."

Irish Independent

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