Wednesday 21 February 2018

Luas security staff to vote on strike action

A Luas security staff strike would add to those already called by drivers Photo: PA
A Luas security staff strike would add to those already called by drivers Photo: PA

Laura Larkin and David Kearns

The intractable Luas dispute has taken yet another turn for the worse, with security staff now set to vote on strike action.

Causing further headaches for customers and Luas operator Transdev alike, security staff have rejected a 6pc pay increase that was recommended by the Labour Court.

The security guards are employed by a private firm, STT Risk Management, which holds the contract for Luas security from Transdev.

The move comes as the ongoing dispute between Luas drivers and management over pay shows no sign of being resolved, with further work stoppages by drivers planned for Thursday and Friday.

Security guards are currently paid €10.75 an hour, the minimum wage for security staff, and less than the €13.84 that is paid to security on the Dart.

They brought a pay claim to the Labour Court, claiming that their role goes beyond that of regular security guards, that the 'profile' of people they deal with on the Luas is different to those encountered by other security staff and that they deal with more anti-social behaviour.

The Labour Court recommended an interim pay rise of 6pc, which would bring the basic hourly wage to €11.40 per hour by the beginning of 2018.

It said their pay could not be fully reviewed until their job had been reclassified in conjunction with the Private Security Authority.

However, staff have rejected these proposals and will meet shortly to vote on strike action.

Transdev was not able to clarify if the Luas would be able to operate in the event of a strike by security staff.

Prior to the rejection of the pay offer, STT said it was willing to accept the terms set out by the Labour Court. However, following the workers' rejection, queries were directed to Transdev which declined to comment, citing the commercial arrangement between the two firms.

Irish Independent

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