Chaos In The Capital As Luas Strike Affects 90,000 Commuters – And There's More To Come
You probably didn't need us to tell you this, but Dublin is in an absolute HOOP today.
It's all thanks to a Luas strike that's running all day today and tomorrow, forcing some 90,000 commuters off the trams and into their cars, on to the buses and trains, and into taxis.
And why? Well, because Luas staff are seeking pay increases of up to 53%, and averaging at 40%, over the next seven years.
This has caused something of a deadlock between Luas operator Transdev and SIPTU – and despite the attempted (desperate) interventions of Transport Minister and endangered election candidate Paschal Donohoe, there's no sign of a thaw.
And it's caused chaos...
Indeed. You don't throw an extra 90,000 people into an already-crowded system and expect to get away with it.
Going to loose my absolute RAG @dublinbusnews it's 7.45am and every bus on the quays is full and won't stop. LIVID— Holly x (@hollyshortall) February 11, 2016
This is helpful...
Five people waiting at the Abbey Street Luas station. The electronic screen is blank and not letting commuters know there is a strike.— Mick McCaffrey (@mccaffreymick) February 11, 2016
@dublinbusnews Any idea when a 14 that's not full will arrive at 4708. I've been waiting since 7.— Naoise Roantree (@naoiseofr) February 11, 2016
And there are other worries too...
got up super early for work cuz of the luas strike but now I'm worried I'll be too early and look like a chump. ANXIETY!!! 🙌— votesty yescaps (@toastykneecaps) February 11, 2016