Retail Ireland has expressed serious concern over the effect that ongoing industrial action by Luas drivers is having on Dublin retailers, as further action has been announced for two more days in March, including St Patrick’s Day.
Director of Retail Ireland Thomas Burke said, "The Luas is a crucial part of Dublin's transport infrastructure and carries 15% of total daily shoppers into the city centre.
"At a time when retail businesses are only getting back on their feet after six years of recession, this interruption to transport services has the potential to seriously impact traders in the city centre and along the Luas routes."
He concluded by saying that the prospect of industrial taking place during the St Patrick’s Day period, when the city will be full of tourists, is one that must be avoided.
SIPTU members who work for Transdev, the company that operates the Luas service, announced the additional 24-hour work stoppage earlier this week. Strike action was already planned for today (18 February), as the dispute over pay and conditions for drivers continues.
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