Luas Could Face 'Complete Shutdown' If Current Dispute Continues 3 years ago

Luas Could Face 'Complete Shutdown' If Current Dispute Continues

In recent weeks, the Luas strikes have caused traffic chaos for Dublin commuters and if reports are to be believed, this could prove a long-term problem.

There has been strike action from Luas workers on eight days this year and it is thought that there could be as many as eight more strike days over the next seven weeks.

Professor of Industrial Relations & Human Resources at UCD, Bill Roache, spoke to Morning Ireland today and said that at this stage, a Task Force may be needed to resolve the dispute.

Professor Roache is of the opinion that the Labour Court, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and/or Ibec are best equipped to deal with the issue at this stage, similar to the Dublin Bus dispute that happened a couple of years ago.

According to RTÉ, Luas operator Transdev, is to send staff a letter explaining the possibility of layoffs and short-term work if the dispute continues.

SIPTU divisional organiser Owen Reidy also spoke on Morning Ireland and said that if the letter goes ahead, it paves the way for a "complete shutdown".

They say they are breaking off talks, they feel there is no prospect of local negotiations or third party intervention" continued Reidy.