Government can’t be passengers in Luas dispute resolution – Cullinane
Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has urged acting Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe to step up and play a more central role in resolving the Luas dispute which has seen operator Transdev become increasingly aggressive in their tactics to strong arm Luas drivers.
Deputy Cullinane said:
“Transdev have upped the ante and are now using strong arm tactics by placing Luas drivers on protective notice. It is unacceptable that these measures are being used on a service that so many people rely on and that is subsidised by the state.
“This has created a lot of bad feeling into what is already a difficult dispute and it is not going to solve the problem. This has not been helped by the lack of input by acting Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe in resolving this dispute.
“SIPTU have stated that the decision by Transdev to place workers on protected notice would not have been taken without the nod from the Minister. It is very clear that the Minister is not engaged in any constructive or meaningful way.
“The government have a role to play in breaking this impasse. Acting ministers still have a responsibility to be answerable and pro-active in these matters. They can’t sit back and be passengers in this dispute as it drags on. Paschal Donohoe needs to step up and ensure the best outcome for Luas drivers as well as the thousands of citizens who use this service daily.”