The managing director of Transdev, the operator of the Luas, has warned drivers “very serious consequences” will arise for the company unless the current dispute over pay is resolved.
In a letter to staff, Gerry Madden said there are 300 people working in Transdev “and many of those are seriously concerned about their future”.
A 24-hour stoppage by drivers, who have demanded pay rises of up to 23%, began yesterday morning and three more strikes are planned for May and six in June.
Mr Madden said: “I believe we have one final opportunity to resolve this dispute amongst ourselves before very serious consequences arise for all of us.
“At this point, our staff has the opportunity to work in jobs that offer long-term job security with decent pay and conditions. That will be compromised the longer this dispute continues.”
He said he is willing to recommence discussions on pay “when drivers and their representatives indicate to me that they believe there is a solid basis for doing so”.
“I am committed to ensuring that all our staff enjoys fair and reasonable pay and conditions, can have a decent package of benefits and that these are fully in line with the market... no more, no less.”
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