Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Timmy Dooley TD has suggested a possible way forward in the ongoing Luas dispute, which would avoid potential travel chaos this Centenary Easter Weekend whilst also acknowledging the concerns of the drivers.
“In 2013 Dublin Bus and its drivers were locked in a dispute which was ongoing for months. Drivers consistently rejected cost savings plans put forward by the company despite a Labour Court recommendation.
“Fianna Fáil believes that a model can be found to avert transport chaos this weekend and to facilitate a resolution of the Luas dispute based on the 2013 Dublin Bus situation.
“In 2013 a taskforce was created consisting of the Government/IBEC/ICTU to resolve the Dublin Bus industrial dispute. The taskforce was established, consisting of a number of individuals who were tasked with independently investigating the reasons why the Labour Court recommendation and clarifications on the Dublin Bus cost savings plan were rejected by bus drivers at the company.
“Ultimately this report led to a settlement between Dublin Bus and its drivers. While the details of the two disputes are obviously different, we believe a similar approach could help to solve the current problem.
“A similar taskforce could be established, with individuals appointed to construct an independent report as to why the Luas drivers are rejecting Transdev’s proposals.
“The planned strike at the weekend, when we as a nation come together to celebrate the centenary of the 1916 Rising should be called off as a taskforce is set up and a report commissioned.
“Fianna Fáil does not believe that the various parties to this dispute really want to leave the thousands of families trying to enjoy this once in a lifetime national event in the lurch. We hope that this initiative can provide the space for all of those involved to step back from the brink and move the issue forward in a constructive way.” concluded Deputy Dooley.