Luas drivers reportedly preparing to strike

Strike: Luas drivers are seeking a pay increase
Strike: Luas drivers are seeking a pay increase

Drivers of the Luas are preparing to launch strike action over pay and work conditions, according to reports.

Workers are threatening to call a strike over the increasingly precarious talks between Siptu and management in the last few weeks. 

Drivers of the tram insist their wages have become stagnant in recent years amid perceived increases for drivers across the public transport sector.

The Irish Independent reports the workers have been meeting privately in recent weeks and are discussing launching strike action.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohue will be pressured to find a solution as Irish Rail workers prepare to ballot amid an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions at the semi-state company. 

Grievances among Luas workers will be discussed by unions and management at the Labour Court on 29 September. 

However, sources have said that strikes are now likely due to the breakdown of negotiations. 

"Workers appear to have made their minds up and are deeply sceptical of any deal being brokered at the Labour Court," said a source involved in the negotiations.

"There's no doubt morale is very low and that we are moving closer to downing tools."

Speaking last night, Siptu organiser Owen Reidy said all options will be considered following the outcome of the talks at the Labour Court. 

He said if the talks, aimed at a pay increase for drivers, falls short then "all other options will be looked at,"