Luas drivers announce six more days of industrial action next month

Anticipation builds...Testing begins on new LUAS line at Spencer Dock Bridge.   The Luas Red Line, which is set to open in December, will carry passengers over the Spencer Dock Bridge across the Royal Canal and along Mayor Street to the Point Depot. It is estimated that up to 25,000 people will work in the proximity of Spencer Dock, with a further 6,000 living there by its completion in 2014.Photo Shane O Neill / FennellsLuas drivers have announced six more days of industrial action next month. The strikes will be for four hours each day. It’s in addition to four more strike days this month, in a dispute over pay. Luas operator Transdev stands to lose 100,000 euro every day the drivers strike, and management at the company insists that the 23 percent pay claim sought by the workers is ‘unaffordable’. Luas drivers, who are represented by SIPTU, have vowed to push on with their pay claim – despite Transdev implementing a 10 percent pay cut as the drivers continue to strike. Siptu’s transport spokesperson John Murphy says it’s an escalation of the dispute.