Is the end in sight for the Luas dispute?

The union that represents Luas drivers has welcomed operator Transdev's decision not to hire private buses on St Patrick's Day.

However, the union representing Luas workers said a St Patrick's Day strike looks likely to go ahead.

Transdev had said it would hire the buses to cover a planned strike by Luas operators, but last night withdrew the plan.

Transdev and SIPTU are expected to engage in fresh talks this morning at the Workplace Relations Commission.

Transdev company's managing director Gerry Madden said they were "happy to engage in meaningful discussions".

SIPTU divisional organiser Owen Reidy said they were looking forward to talks, but there was still a long way to go.

"(Not hiring the buses) is a positive step forward. It creates a better environment for talks. There's a lot of work to be done (and) we look forward to engaging with the company through the WRC," he said.

"At least it's a start."

KEYWORDS: Luas, Transdev, travel


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