Sunday 25 February 2018

Out-of-kilter pay demands will not sit well with passengers

'A key part of SIPTU’s claim is that passenger numbers and revenues are increasing, and so workers should benefit'. Photo: PA
'A key part of SIPTU’s claim is that passenger numbers and revenues are increasing, and so workers should benefit'. Photo: PA
Paul Melia

Paul Melia

Luas drivers do a good job in very difficult circumstances. The system has an excellent safety record, and the biggest threat to the well-being of passengers is, as the Railway Safety Commission points out, motorists ignoring traffic signals and causing collisions.

But notwithstanding the difficulty of the job, it's hard to see any kind of justification for the pay hikes currently being demanded.

When Luas first started operating in 2004, SIPTU and management had a salary agreement, which meant drivers were among the best-paid in Europe.

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