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Luas drivers reduce their 53% pay rise claim say SIPTU

Talks between the union and Luas owner Transdev resumed this morning at the Workplace Relations Commission as SIPTU steward Richard McCarthy said the union was hopeful of more “meaningful dialogue.”

He declined to reveal details of the extent to which it had reduced their claim, but said the planned strikes were not an obstacle that could not be overcome.

Mr McCarthy said the union had tabled a significant reduction in its confidential meeting with the WRC last week, adding that he believed it had been received quite positively.

He also said the union had been asked to keep its new pay claim confidential for the moment.

Staff at Luas had been seeking pay rises of between 8 and 53 per cent and are scheduled to stage further strikes on St Patrick’s Day and over the Easter weekend.

Gerry Madden, the managing director of Transdev, said he was looking forward to hearing the union’s revised pay claim.

However he said even if the pay demands were modified by 70 per cent or 80 per cent,  “it would still represent a significant pay claim for any employer to deal with”.