Luas operator Transdev has warned drivers they face a 10% pay cut if they continue industrial action after Friday morning.
The firm wrote to union Siptu and the drivers yesterday telling them it wished to re-engage on their pay claim and asking that strike action planned for tomorrow and next Wednesday be called off. The non-driver grades have already voted to accept increases in the region of 13% and will not engage in the future action.
However, talks with the driver grades broke down earlier this week, with Transdev saying they were demanding a 26.5% rise and that they were not conceding sufficient productivity in return for any increases. It questioned what continued action would achieve, what basis there was for a pay demand that started off at 53% and was still at 26.5%, and what salaries drivers had benchmarked the salaries against.
It pointed out employees remain on protective notice and said in circumstances where work to rule was ongoing, it would no longer accept that as full performance and would impose a pay cut.
“If the work to rule continues beyond 4am on Friday April 29 and drivers do not commit to carry out the full range of duties required under their contracts of employment from that time, Transdev will reduce the driver grade’s pay for the duration of the work to rule by an initial percentage of not less than 10% of the basic salary of those employees,” it said.
“The reduction reflects the additional operational and payroll costs being incurred by Transdev overstaffing the system to mitigate the impact of work to rule on the customer and Luas service.”
Transdev managing director Gerry Madden said: “We have done a deal with three grades and wish to do a deal with the driver grade. I ask you to speak with your local union representatives and ask them what outcome they are hoping to achieve from this continued disruption and at what cost to you the employee and the customer. Sensible voices need to emerge.”
Siptu told RTÉ the firm’s move was provocative.
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