Luas talks break down

Drivers had reduced their pay claim

Talks between Luas drivers and management have broken down at the Workplace Relations Commission tonight.

It has been reported earlier this evening that the unions representing drivers had reduced their pay claim from 54% to 30%.

However this demand is still some distance away from the offer by management of 1 to 3% a year, with increased productivity.

A strike tomorrow has been called off, but it is not known yet if the action set for St Patrick's Day and over the Easter weekend will go ahead.

Management want Siptu to once again ballot its workers to find out if they still favour strike action on St Patrick's day and over the Easter bank holiday weekend.

“We are anxious to progress matters with these groups under the auspices of the WRC and further meetings will be scheduled as soon as can be arranged,” a statement from the company said.

Transdev have requested Siptu convene a general meeting of their members as a matter of urgency “to review the mandate for industrial action and to establish whether the positions being put forward by the internal representatives reflects the views of the majority of their members.”

The union is reported to be considering all out strike action as the dispute worsens.

Discussions were shelved last week, amid claims of unofficial industrial action at the transport company.

Workers at Transdev have walked off the job several times in the last month.

Meanwhile, all sides in the dispute at the Cadbury factory in Dublin did not atted today's talks at the WRC.

Mondelez, SIPTU and UNITE did not go back into the talks, as a proposal reached on Friday night is now being reviewed before unions hold a ballot.

"Following intense negotiations at the Workplace Relations Commission, Mondelez Ireland welcomes the significant progress made over the course of the day", Mondelez Ireland said in a statement.

"A comprehensive proposal has been recommended by the WRC and the company welcomes the suspension of industrial action".

The company also thanked Kieran Mulvey, director general of the WRC, and his team.