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People walk towards the city centre during the Luas dispute. Sam Boal/
no end in sight

Don't forget - there's another Luas strike tomorrow

The company has also written to staff urging them to reconsider their industrial action.

Updated 10.50pm 

THE LATEST STRIKE to hit the Luas system in Dublin takes place tomorrow, commuters are being reminded.

Neither Red nor Green line services will be running. Trams will come back into service from 6.30am on Saturday.

The long-running pay dispute between drivers and management shows no sign of ending.

In a letter sent to drivers this week the CEO of Luas operator Transdev, Gerry Madden, asked staff members “you may believe that you have no choice but to continue with the industrial action and that in many ways it is easier to do so than ask the question – how is this all going to end?”.

Madden added:

I believe we have one final opportunity to resolve this dispute among ourselves before very serious consequences arise for all of us.

June stoppages

It was confirmed earlier today that drivers had changed the times of their June strikes so as not to interfere with students sitting State examinations.

The four-hour work stoppages on 8, 9 and 10 June will now take place between 6pm and 10pm in an attempt to minimise inconvenience to students sitting the Junior and Leaving Certificates.

A further four-hour strike planned for 2 June will begin at 3pm with other four-hour stoppages on 3 and 7 June beginning at 9am.

This year’s Junior and Leaving Cert exams begin on Wednesday 8 June.

In a statement this afternoon, Siptu organiser John Murphy said it was never the intention of the drivers to impact on students sitting exams.

“When it was brought to our members’ attention that some of the scheduled work stoppages did impact on students travelling to sit the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams the decision was immediately taken to amend their timing,” he said.

With reporting by Daragh Brophy. 

Read: “There’s no truth in it whatsoever” – Siptu says Luas drivers are NOT asking for old pay deal >

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

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