SIPTU says no decision on ballot for all-out strike by Luas drivers has been made

Drivers met with shop stewards on the 12th day of work stoppages

SIPTU says no decision on ballot for all-out strike by Luas drivers has been made

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Luas drivers have met with shop stewards to discuss the ongoing pay dispute.

Although the drivers said they would support shop stewards if they thought an escalation of industrial action was necessary, no decision has been taken on whether to ballot for an all-out strike.

SIPTU and Luas driver representatives will meet with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) next week to provide an update on the pay dispute.

The Labour Court requested the meeting to help it determine whether it should intervene in the matter.

SIPTU's Owen Reidy said the shop stewards and members had a "comprehensive meeting" this evening, and "many of the workers said if at some stage in the future the shop stewards feel it necessary to escalate, they would support that":

The meeting came on the same day as the latest full-day Luas strike - the 12th day of industrial action in the long-running dispute over pay.

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

Luas operator Transdev earlier this week 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.