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Transdev says it will start docking Luas drivers' pay during strikes

Pay will be docked as much as 10% strikes continue.

Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie

LUAS OPERATOR TRANSDEV says it will start docking drivers’ pay if strikes continue.

In a statement released tonight, the company said it wants drivers, the only remaining grade to have a pay claim, to re-engage in talks.

Negotiations on a deal broke down yesterday after Transdev balked at a 26.5% claim by drivers. The three other grades at the company voted over the weekend to approve a 13% claim.

The company said they wanted drivers to ask union representatives what is the basis of their pay demands and what salaries are the claims benchmarked against.

They added that pay will be docked as much as 10% if strikes continue.

Employees remain on protective notice, however in circumstances where the work to rule is still on-going, Transdev will no longer accept this as full performance, rather part performance and will introduce a reduction in salary in respect of the Siptu driver grade.

With drivers due to strike again on Thursday, Transdev MD Gerry Madden apologised to customers.

“I would like to apologise to customers for Thursday’s strike action. Transdev remains committed to finding a resolution to this dispute. We have done a deal with three grades and wish to do a deal with the driver grade.

“Sensible voices need to emerge.”

A Siptu rep could not be reached for comment, but RTÉ quotes Owen Reidy of the union as calling the move “provocative and outrageous”.

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