Sunday 21 January 2018

Luas members vote in favour of strike action

Luas drivers voted 221-2 in favour in action – which is likely to come in the form of one or two day stoppages.. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Luas drivers voted 221-2 in favour in action – which is likely to come in the form of one or two day stoppages.. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Luas drivers and other workers have voted emphatically for strike action in a move that could see widespread disruption commence early next month.

Drivers voted 221-2 in favour in action - which is likely to come in the form of one or two day stoppages.

Siptu organiser Owen Reidy told the Irish Independent the turnout was 99pc, which he says sends a "very strong message" to the company.

"The turnout was emphatic," he added.

The decision to strike centres around a row over pay, with Luas drivers seeking to be paid in line with their counterparts in Irish Rail.

But their demands, if met, would see the company operating the Luas pay drivers €20,000 extra each. These demands total €30m over five year.

Siptu's John Murphy, said all four grades of members working on the Luas network have voted for industrial action.

The members work as drivers, traffic supervisors, revenue protection officers and revenue protection supervisors.

Irish Independent

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