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Luas drivers to strike for four days after demanding €64,993

Luas drivers to strike for four days after demanding €64,993

Luas drivers are to carry out strike action involving two 48-hour stoppages next month. It will be the first strike for the Dublin tram operator.

The drivers are seeking a massive pay increase of almost 54pc, their employer has claimed.

Figures supplied by Transdev reveal that tram drivers on €42,247 a year are seeking a 53.8pc increase to €64,993 – substantially more than an Irish Rail driver.

This is far above the average pay claims of between two and three percent on average, which were lodged by unions with employers last year.

However, SIPTU says the amounts being sought would be spread over five years, although a 54pc increase would still represent an annual rise of over 10pc.

The strike is set to cause major chaos for the travelling public and government just ahead of the general election.

Transdev said:

* Revenue Protection officer (ticket inspector) on a current salary of €36,434 is seeking an increase to €43,720, or 20pc, by 2017.

* A revenue protection supervisor (ticket inspector supervisor) on a current salary of €39,541 is seeking an increase to €50,771.33 (28pc) by 2017.

*Traffic supervisors on a current salary of €47,941 are seeking an increase to €57,941 by 2017.

Transdev said the pay claims being pursued by SIPTU are between 8.5pc and 53.8pc and would cost it €30m over its five year contract, or €6m a year.

It said it lost €700,000 last year and is predicting further losses this year.

“It is disappointing for us to learn that union employees plan on stopping the Luas service in pursuance of their pay claims,” said Transdev Managing Director, Gerry Madden.

“We believe the pay and terms and conditions of Luas employees are, and always have been, very favourable.”

It said the Labour Court recommended that they hold “meaningful” talks at the Workplace Relations Commission, and this was the only way the row could be resolved.