90,000 commuters to be disrupted by strike over ludicrous claims.
Workplace relations commission must be used to intervene.
Strategic services must be protected by legislation if necessary.
ISME, the Irish Small & Medium Enterprises Association, has called on SIPTU leadership to call off the four day strike proposed by the Luas workers and get back to the table to sort out the situation. The Association warned of the disruption to employees, customers and the general public and the damage to the capital city's tourist and business reputation.
Luas staff demanding wage increases of up to 53% cannot be allowed. The ludicrous wage claims, backed by even more ludicrous justifications should never have been allowed to reach such an impasse, while private sector negotiations are in the region of 1.5% to 2.5%.
"This action will seriously disrupt business activity throughout the city, resulting in many small companies' day to day activities being severely affected due to employees being unable to attend for work. The brunt of any loss will be borne by the business community, as another negative message is sent worldwide about Ireland."
"Good public transport links between city and suburbs are an essential element of a proper city and should not be jeopardised by wild strikes. With continuous threats from unions involved in bus, rail, air transport and energy, the new Government must legislate to guarantee strategic services and protect the public and the economy", concluded Fielding.