Tuesday 21 November 2017

Three Luas groups ballot on new pay deal this weekend

Luas. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Luas. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

Three groups of Luas workers will ballot on a new pay deal at the weekend, following talks with Transdev.

But drivers still have to attend talks on Monday in a bid to end the dispute over pay and conditions that has closed the tramlines for eight days.

The next strike is due to take place next Thursday.

Sources confirmed that proposals are being finalised for revenue inspectors, revenue supervisors and traffic supervisors that will be balloted on over the weekend.

The three groups of staff had sought clarification at negotiations with Transdev on aspects of its offer of a pay rise worth 10pc over 33 months.

But industrial action is set to continue unless drivers reach an agreement with the tram operator.

They agreed to call off a 48-hour strike planned for this weekend as a gesture of goodwill.

The move came after Transdev put the workforce of more than 250 staff on protective notice.

It threatened to take them off the payroll from Monday if they refused to carry out their duties during a work-to-rule or work stoppages.

It also threatened to cut their pay to recoup its losses due to industrial action.

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