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Commuter chaos averted as Luas strike on hold... for now

COMMUTER chaos in the capital has been temporarily averted after Luas workers withdrew their notice for strike action.

Plans to stop work for four days from November 5 have now been shelved following a fresh round of talks between SIPTU and Luas firm Veolia Transdev Ireland.

However, future strike action is still on the cards as drivers are set to vote this week on a new set of proposals tabled by the company.

Workers will be balloted later this week and may decide to reject the proposals.



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A staggering 93pc of SIPTU drivers voted in favour of industrial action earlier this month -- which indicates the serious level of dissatisfaction with working conditions.

The row itself centres on the current working duties and roster arrangements.

However, after a fresh round of negotiations, it's emerged that the plans to strike have been put on hold.

A Veolia spokeswoman said: "The SIPTU workers agreed to withdraw their notice for strike action on November 5, so we can categorically say there will be no disruption on that date. After sitting down again with SIPTU, a new set of proposals have been put forward and workers will be balloted on this later in the week. We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached on the new proposals."

Fianna Fail's Timmy Dooley today called on Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to "get a grip" on the situation.

hnews@herald.ie


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