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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Luas drivers primed for January strikes

SIPTU organiser Owen Reidy: 'Make no mistake about it, workers are very frustrated. Certainly, the prospect of strikes in the New Year has moved ever closer'
SIPTU organiser Owen Reidy: 'Make no mistake about it, workers are very frustrated. Certainly, the prospect of strikes in the New Year has moved ever closer'

Almost 200 Luas workers are poised to launch a wave of strike action in the New Year in a move that would cause further disruption to Dublin's transport network, the Herald has learned.

Tram drivers are widely expected to reject Labour Court proposals aimed at resolving a long-running row over pay and conditions.

Central to the Court's proposals are a return to the negotiating table with management to allow further talks to take place.

But next week's vote, if rejected, will be followed by an immediate ballot for industrial action.

Workers are now being put on alert for a phase of strike action in the New Year, potentially as early as January

Siptu last night said the prospect of workers downing tools has "moved ever closer" and that it expects the Labour Court proposals to be "overwhelming rejected".

"Make no mistake about it, workers are very frustrated," Siptu organiser Owen Reidy told the Herald. "Certainly, the prospect of strikes in the New Year has moved ever closer."

Transdev, which operates the Luas, declined to comment yesterday.

A spokeswoman said it would be inappropriate to do so until after the vote.

However, a source close to the process said drivers are looking for pay increases of around €20,000. This would bring their salaries in line with their counterparts in Irish Rail.

The demands total €30m over five years.

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