Luas drivers announce six more strike days in June

Transdev says the four-hour stoppages will cause disruption to customers and it will now consult with its lawyers

Luas operators Transdev is to take legal advice after drivers announced six more days of industrial action next month.

In a change from previous strikes, this latest series of stoppages will last for four hours each day. The planned days are Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd, and then from Tuesday 7th to Friday 10th.

Luas drivers, who are represented by SIPTU, have vowed to push on with their pay claim of 23% despite their employer implementing a 10% pay cut.

Transdev said this latest notice of strike action is designed to cause maximum disruption to Luas customers, with minimum loss of pay to the drivers.

The company which operates the tram service also said the four-hour stoppages will in effect disrupt the Luas for 6.5 hours, as the trams will need to be stood down and recommissioned.

Transdev says the dispute is putting the company in a very challenging financial position. It stands to lose €100,000 every day the drivers strike.

Four days of industrial action are currently planned for May with the next date on this Friday 13th.