The workers have voted overwhelmingly to reject the pay proposals offered which included wage increases of up to 18% over a period less than three years.
The planned strike on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday will cause maximum annoyance to commuters looking to celebrate the 1916 centenary celebrations in the city centre and are sure to lose Luas staff any semblance of good will from the public.
After four days of strike action in February, and the threat of further action on St Patrick’s Day and Easter, Luas operator Transdev and Siptu tried to put forward proposals at the Workplace Relations Commission in a bid to resolve the dispute.
Workforce sources warned however that there would be resistance to resolving the stumbling blocks because many felt the deal was not enough.
Siptu Divisional Organiser Owen Reidy said:
“It seems quite clear that there is a complete breakdown in the relationship and trust between the driver grade and management at the company.”
He said some drivers rejected the proposals because “drivers did not want to accept a new pay scale that leaves new entrants on lower pay than current staff.”
“Drivers are of the view that the productivity sought in the proposal was disproportionate and vague in the case of the Luas extension”, referencing the Luas cross city expansion due to begin services next year.”
Luas workers must truly believe that they can secure a better deal despite the fact that the WRC told them that this was the best that could be negotiated.
Of the 167 drivers who voted only two voted in favour of the WRC proposals.