summer of discontent

The Luas will be off tomorrow - and there are four more strikes planned this month

There’s no sign of an end to the long-running dispute between drivers and Luas operator Transdev.

LUAS OPERATOR TRANSDEV is reminding would-be passengers that the service is off tomorrow, as yet another strike takes place.

The company has also been given notice of four further strikes to take place this month – three full day stoppages and one just four hours long.

There are no signs we’ll have a resolution to the pay dispute any time soon.

It was reported at the weekend that drivers were looking for the company to re-table a deal agreed at the Workplace Relations Commission earlier this year that was rejected by a majority of balloted staff.

Transdev has since withdrawn that deal but non-driver grades at Luas have since agreed to an alternative offer.

Speaking to on Sunday, Siptu divisional organiser Owen Reidy insisted drivers were not looking for the WRC deal to be re-tabled.

“There’s no foundation in it – it’s completely false,” he said.

Where we’re at is 26.5% – which is still over the WRC proposals… No one has asked about less.

Reidy accused Transdev of “ratcheting things up” by docking striking workers’ wages by 10% – a reduction that came into effect on Friday last.

Tomorrow’s strike

For the moment, here’s what you need to know if you’re a Luas user:

  • The Red and Green lines will be off tomorrow 
  • Service will resume at 5.30am on Thursday 
  • There are also full day stoppages planned for Friday 13th, Friday 20th, and Friday 27th May
  • There’ll be a four hour stoppage on Thursday 26 May (3.00pm to 7.00pm)
  • Luas tickets will not be valid on services of other public transport service providers during the strikes

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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