Transdev have given careful consideration to the terms of the Labour Court Recommendation and have agreed to accept it.
The Luas Driver Grade has also agreed to accept the Labour Court Recommendation following a ballot on the matter which saw a majority of Drivers vote in favour of it.
Transdev, Managing Director, Gerry Madden said, “We are pleased with the outcome of the ballot. This vote by employees in favour of the Labour Court Recommendation is positive news.
As our other 3 grades had previously agreed settlement terms at local level back in April this now brings the dispute to an end.”
Mr Madden continued, “The Agreement will allow all of us to concentrate on once again delivering the very best Luas service for our customers and also preparing for the next exciting development in Luas Cross City.
As we said at the very start of this dispute, there are no winners in a dispute of this nature; customers lost their vital service, staff have lost wages and now honouring this settlement will be financially very challenging for Transdev.
However, the fact is we entered the Labour Court process and all previous talks involving the State’s Industrial Relations institutions in good faith and we believe that the decision to accept the Recommendation is best for our customers, our staff and the long term future of the Luas.
I want to particularly acknowledge the support and understanding of the public throughout this dispute. I would also like to pay tribute to my management colleagues and in particular to our Team Leaders who worked tirelessly throughout this period in difficult circumstances.
Finally, we are very mindful that a critical next step is to rebuild working relationships and we will address this as an immediate business priority both for our staff and customers alike