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Dispute escalates: Luas drivers have pay cut by 10% from today

Transdev said the reduction reflects the “additional operational and payroll costs” involved in dealing with drivers’ work-to-rule action.

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LUAS DRIVERS HAVE had their pay cut by 10% for continuing a work-to-rule protest alongside strike action.

Luas operator Transdev imposed pay cuts for Siptu members engaged in the dispute from today.

The company said the reduction reflects the “additional operational and payroll costs” involved in “overstaffing” the service to mitigate the impact of the work-to-rule.

Transdev walked out of talks with driver grade staff earlier this week. Three non-driver grades accepted a revised pay agreement on Monday.

Drivers staged another one-day strike yesterday as part of their campaign for better pay and conditions. Further work stoppages are planned for 4 May, 13 May, 20 May, 26 May and 27 May.

Divisive

Siptu said in a statement earlier this week that Transdev had acted in “a provocative and unprecedented manner” by threatening to dock striking workers’ pay.

“The company response will merely prolong and intensify what is fast becoming a very divisive and bitter dispute,” organiser Owen Reidy said.

The union said Luas drivers would not be “intimidated or threatened” into a unilateral agreement by their employer.

It said its members “continue to demand a negotiated settlement and are resolved to see this through”.

Meanwhile, a technical fault left the tram’s green line out of service earlier today. Customers were advised to use alternative modes of transport after a problem at the Sandyford depot.

The issue was resolved shortly before 10am.

Read: Luas talks break down after company rejects 26.5% pay claim

Read: FactCheck: Are Luas drivers really paid more than junior doctors?

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