Luas operator and union apologise for 48-hour strike

Normal service will resume at 6.30am on Saturday

Newstalk, LUAS, tram, light rail, Transdev, Gerry Madden, Dublin, SIPTU

Striking Luas workers at the Red Cow depot | Image: RollingNews.ie

Dublin commuters are facing further disruption today and tomorrow as a second 48-hour strike by Luas workers is underway.

Staff want wage hikes of up to 54% over five years, which Luas operator Transdev says it cannot afford.

Up to 90,000 commuters face travel disruption as drivers strike in a row over pay.

Luas 7 Day, 30 Day, monthly and annual ticket holders will be eligible for a refund.

Normal service will resume at 6.30am on Saturday February 20th.

Further action is planned for March 8th and on St Patrick's Day - March 17th.

Gerry Madden from Transdev says that a resolution can only be reached if both parties come to the table.

"My sincerest apologies to them and I will be doing everything that is reasonable to try and find a solution where they're not put through this massive inconvenience for too much longer" he said.

"But at the same time...it's a partnership - we have to find a solution, it can't be one partner who is doing all the work to try and find a solution".

"At the moment that's all that's happening, it's Transdev that's working hard to try and find a solution - SIPTU are not" he added.

While Owen Reidy from SIPTU - which represents the workers - says they never wanted it to come to this.

"We are very sorry about this. I mean I can assure them that the workers who have been working with this company for many years - some since the very start - would much rather be delivering the public service that they are proud to do rather than walking on a picket line over the next two days".

"They are equally determined to get what they consider to be a just agreement".

I think it is incumbent on all of us to sit down, roll up our sleeves and get an agreement", he added.

These commuters at Connolly Station in Dublin had little sympathy for the striking drivers.