Unions and companies to enter talks as Luas and Tesco strikes are called off

Two actions due to begin today have been cancelled

Dublin commuters have been spared disruption after a Luas strike planned for today and tomorrow was called off.

SIPTU and Luas operator Transdev are due to meet at the Labour Court today in a bid to resolve the long-running dispute over pay.

The union said yesterday that it had accepted an invitation to attend talks issued through the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.

A four-hour stoppage today and a full-day strike on Friday were both cancelled to facilitate negotiations.

Drivers at the company are seeking gradual pay increases and opposing proposed rate cuts for new entrants.

Six further stoppages scheduled for June are still expected to go ahead.

Meanwhile, an indefinite strike by staff at 70 Tesco stores has also been deferred.

The action, which was due to begin today, was called off ahead of fresh talks at the Workplace Relations Commission.

Mandate members at Tesco voted in favour of industrial action last month after the company proposed new contracts with reduced rates for employees taken on before 1996.

That dispute centres on planned pay cuts of up to 35% and lower overtime for around 300 longer-serving staff.