Luas staff to start 48 hour strike at midnight tonight

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This is the second week in a row that strike action will bring the service to a standstill as both sides in the dispute struggle to find an agreement.

Luas staff want improved terms and conditions which include pay rises of up to 53%. There has been no intervention from a third party since last week’s strike.

This latest action means services will stop just after midnight tonight and not return until Saturday morning. Further action is planned next month, including on Saint Patrick’s Day.

SIPTU has called on all parties, including Transport Infrastructure Ireland, to re-enter talks in a bid to resolve the dispute which at the moment shows no sign of being sorted.

Transdev MD Gerry Madden notified staff in a letter that anyone taking part in the strike will be deducted four days pay in this months wages. Staff were under the impression that deductions for last week’s two days and this week’s would be spread out over two months.