29/03/2012

SIPTU Discuss Threat To Luas Jobs

SIPTU has commenced negotiations with management at Veolia, Dublin's Luas light rail service operator, concerning rostering issues and a decision by the company to let go staff at the end of their 12-month fixed term contracts.

SIPTU Organiser, John Murphy said; “There are a number of issues, including the introduction of family friendly rosters, which the union is currently discussing with the company. The introduction of an improved rostering system would most likely necessitate the company retaining fully trained staff who have already completed a year's work on the Luas service.”

The negotiations are being conducted under the auspices of the Veolia in-house disputes resolution tribunal, a body which includes company and union representatives.

Veolia and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) recently agreed to reduce Luas services due to the fact that fewer passengers than originally estimated are using a new extension line between Belgard and Saggart/Citywest.

Eleven Luas staff are facing the possibility of losing their jobs next month at the end of their one year contract periods.

(CD)

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