Luas drivers on strike in 12th day of industrial action

Around 90,000 commuters expected to be impacted

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Commuters in Dublin are set to face delays again this morning as Luas drivers hold another strike day.

The stoppage marks the 12th day of industrial action in the long-running row over pay, with more stoppages planned this month and next.

SIPTU accused Luas operator Transdev of escalating the dispute earlier this week after it suspended sick pay for all drivers at the Dublin tram service.

Gerry Madden, Managing Director of Transdev, says they are facing fines of more than €1 million for the days that the service has not run.

"We've got another eight part stoppages, which will affect us fine-wise," he explained. "We could be looking now, by the end of June, somewhere in the region of €1.5m or €1.6m in penalties. Can you imagine what I could have done with that money in terms of a pay award?"

Transdev yesterday called on the trade union to “focus on a resolution” and cancel today’s strike.

Mr Madden said the company was not prepared to offer drivers increases in excess of what has been agreed with other grades.

Staff in three non-driver grades reached a deal with Transdev last month involving pay increase of up to 13% by September 2019. 

The agreement would have given drivers an annual income of up to €51,000, including a 6.5% bonus, according to Transdev.  

Further work stoppages are scheduled for May 26th, May 27th, June 2nd, June 3rd, June 7th, June 8th, June 9th and June 10th.