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Luas talks break down after company rejects 26.5% pay claim

The deal will include a €750 payment at the end of this year.
Apr 25th 2016, 8:02 PM 35,945 85

Updated 20.02

THREE OF THE four employment grades who work on the Luas have agreed to a pay deal – but a strike is still set to go ahead.

Revenue protection officers (69%), traffic supervisors (75%) and revenue protection supervisors (86%) all voted in favour of a new deal that will their wages increase by 13% by January 2019.

The deal will include a €750 payment at the end of this year.

However, a work stoppage scheduled for this Thursday is still set to go ahead.

That is because drivers have yet to agree on a deal.

They met with Luas operator Transdev today in talks aimed at breaking the industrial relations deadlock after two months, however they were adjourned without a deal this evening.

Transdev says drivers asked for a 26.5% pay increase with no links to increases in productivity.

It is not yet known if a deal will be reached in time to avert either Thursday’s action or next Wednesdays.

Speaking after the ballot, Siptu’s John Murphy said the three grades had been able to come to a deal after direct engagement with the company.

“Members in these three grades voted by a substantial in favour of the proposals. These members believe that the proposals can form the basis for a just resolution to this dispute.

“SIPTU members who work as Luas drivers are awaiting proposals in relation to their grade. If a realistic offer emerges it will be brought to the drivers for their consideration.”

Read: Transdev says it has had “positive” talks with Luas workers – but not drivers

Read: It looks like we might have a breakthrough in the Luas dispute

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