SIPTU has expressed dismay that the CEO of Transdev UK and Ireland visited Dublin this week to meet with a number of ‘key stakeholders’ but did not meet with workers representatives. SIPTU Sector Organiser, Willie Noone, said: “It is deeply disappointing and inexplicable that the CEO of Transdev, UK and Ireland would visit Dublin and not meet with Luas workers. He obviously does not view the Luas workers or their representatives as being key stakeholders worthy of meeting. At such a meeting he would have been informed why the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) proposals in relation to the Luas dispute were rejected overwhelmingly by workers in a recent ballot." SIPTU Organiser, John Murphy, said: “It is ironic that the CEO of Transdev has now called for local discussions between management and the workers when the company’s previous position was that all talks must take place under the auspices of the WRC. The implied threat in the CEO’s letter to staff that there will be cutbacks at the company if the industrial action continues does not assist in bringing this dispute to a conclusion and we ask him to withdraw it. “SIPTU representatives remain available to engage in serious negotiations aimed at finding a just conclusion to this dispute in a manner which benefits LUAS workers and the travelling public.”