Luas strike is sign of worse things to come
This week, the country's senior industrial relations mediator lay down a stark warning for any incoming government that it faces a "slow-ticking time-bomb"on public pay. Director general of the Workplace Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, pointed out that as the Haddington Road Agreement ends, a "myriad of grades" that exists among the 300,000-strong workforce will be up for discussion. Cuts imposed under the agreement and the freeze on increments and extra hours of work run to early summer.
Big pressure is building up within the industrial pipeline; for instance, the Lansdowne Road Agreement has begun unwinding pay and pension cuts.
Yesterday came the news that Transdev is putting on a special bus service as trams on the Luas green and red lines grind to a halt on the national holiday next week.