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If you get the Luas, you need alternative plans tomorrow

Transdev this week walked out of talks in which drivers asked for a 26.5% pay increase.

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LUAS DRIVERS WILL strike again tomorrow, meaning travel disruption for tens of thousands of Dubliners.

Trade union Siptu had agreed to postpone an action for last weekend to facilitate more talks between drivers and operator Transdev. However, tomorrow’s action is still set to go ahead.

Transdev this week walked out of talks in which drivers asked for a 26.5% pay increase. Three non-driver grades at the company have agreed to pay increases of 13%.

Further work stoppages are still planned for 28 April, 4 May, 13 May, 20 May, 26 May and 27 May.

Last night, Transdev said it would begin to dock drivers’ pay if the strikes continued.

Siptu organiser Owen Reidy called that move “provocative and unprecedented”.

“Our members have compromised and modified their position.

“They have made a logical point that having rejected the previous Workplace Relations Commission proposals by 99% they require some improvement in such proposals to resolve the dispute and this progressive attitude has been met with an ‘over the top’ response from the company.”

Transdev MD Gerry Madden last night apologised to customers and called on the union to re-engage in talks.

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

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

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