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Time for government to facilitate fresh talks to avert further Luas strikes- Cllr Sorcha Nic Cormaic

20 February, 2016 - by Sorcha Nic Cormaic

Cllr Sorcha Nic Cormaic has called on the government to facilitate fresh talks between Transdev and SIPTU representatives in order to help both sides come to an arrangement in order to prevent further disruption over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Nic Cormaic said:

“I would like to first of all re-emphasise my support for the striking workers. The Luas workers provide an excellent service under very taxing conditions, and they are deserving of better pay and conditions. 

“The Luas has become an integral asset for the city. Many of my own constituents rely on the Luas to get to work and to commute. The intransigence of the Transdev management is what is prolonging the struggle of both Luas workers and commuters”.

Nic Cormaic added:

“Transport Infrastructure Ireland need to encourage parties to come to the table.

What workers are looking for is that the people who provide the frontline service are able to share in the success of the Luas. This is an entirely reasonable position to have. By taking a ‘stand-offish’ stance on this, the Fine Gael and Labour coalition government are not being neutral, they are siding with the employers.

It is the duty of any democratic government to encourage, facilitate and insist on collective bargaining arrangements between employer and employee.

“In light of the SIPTU National Executive’s endorsement of the Labour Party, will Alex White make a statement declaring his support and solidarity with the striking SIPTU members, or will he continue to remain silent on the issue?”

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