Minister Donohoe calls for re-engagement to avert Luas strike action

10th February, 2016

Industrial action will inconvenience tens of thousands of commuters and put pressure on a recovering economy


Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe, has today (Wednesday) called on unions and management to re-engage through the Labour Court in an attempt to avert the Luas industrial strike action planned for Thursday and Friday.  Minister Donohoe went on to say that tens of thousands of people who rely on Luas services everyday will be massively inconvenienced, while undue pressure will be put on our fragile and recovering economy, in the event that strike action goes ahead.


“Transdev, which is the private company that runs Luas, has begun notifying passengers that Luas services will not be running this Thursday and Friday, the 11th-12th February, and again the following week, the 18th-19th. If this action goes ahead as planned significant disruption will be caused to those who have come to depend on Luas to get to work and about their daily business.


“There have already been a number of attempts made to resolve this dispute through the Labour Court and the Workplace Relations Commission, which are the channels through which mediation and resolution are found. Strike action does not serve the company, the staff or service users well. I am asking unions and management to re-engage in discussions on the basis of reasonable negotiations so that strike action can be avoided and Luas can continue to serve commuters across our city in the weeks to come.”