38 thoughts on “What Do We Want?

    1. jack johnson

      I got my €7.47 cheque the other day – wouldn’t normally bother but the more it costs Transdev the better.
      At this stage they would have been better off paying the drivers their “53%” (!!) it would have cost them less than they’re incurring now – Stupid fuppers

      1. wearnicehats

        You have no idea of commerce. This won’t cost Transdev. This is costing you. Your ticket prices will go up to cover this nonsense. If you really cared you wouldn’t cash that cheque. By cashing it you agree with Transdev and – hopefully – Transdev will either take the money back off you eventually or their greedy employees now. The one bunch who won’t be out of pocket here are the union leaders.

  1. Starina

    got my cheque from them the other day. it’s only €9 and change but it’s the principle of it.

  2. The Real Jane

    Oh they’re so lovely, Transdev! They love the customers but the luas drivers are big anti customer meanies #sadface #strikesRbad #publiconside #paidtoomuchalready #pushabutton #icoulddotheirjob

    Have I got that right?

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      Aye. The fact that they’re using Larkin era tactics out on the open is quite worrying.

    1. Robert

      It’s part of the rules – same with Irish rail, bus Éireann when they on strike. Nothing. To. See. Here.

  3. Clampers Outside!

    I experienced a new phenomenon this morning.

    Dublin Bike Squatting!
    STOP IT NOW!

    I waited this morning at an empty bike rank for a bike, as I’d a front wheel stolen off my regular bike yesterday. One arrived, and a young lady got off. She shuffled to the machine, which I though was odd and stood there…. and I waited patiently, a couple ofmins. Eventually I asked, “may I use the machine, I need to get to work”.

    “I’m using the bike, waiting for the clock to time down”

    If it were a man, he’d have gotten an earful…. and then some. Dick heads and their privileges, eh!

    Should I have confronted her on it? I think I should have. But I’m a man, she’s a younger woman…. who would look the **hole at the end of it? No prizes for guessing.

    Stop Dublin Bike Squatting ! :)

    1. pissedasanewt

      You should carry your bike lock around in future and if it happens again, stick a lock on the bike and walk away..

    2. SB

      Why weren’t YOU already at the machine, ready to take the bike before she could renew it?

  4. wearnicehats

    Hopefully Transdev take the money involved with this out of the drivers’ wages

  5. Mark Dennehy

    So instead of trying to avert the strikes by talking to the unions, they’ll pay to refund tickets on strike days that haven’t happened yet and write it off as PR expenses. Well, obviously that’s how we want our critical infrastructure run…

    1. wearnicehats

      Ah go on. They have talked to the unions. The unions are not interested in negotiating. why would they? They are all on €150k a year paid for by the dues of the workers they purport to back up. It might very well be a PR stunt but it might also be a company apologising for the extortionate demands of people who know that the company depends on them. To hell with these drivers – sack the lot of them. I get the Luas and I’d personally rather walk the tracks every day rather than see these people get a red cent

      1. realPolithicks

        ” I get the Luas and I’d personally rather walk the tracks every day rather than see these people get a red cent”

        That’s because you’re an idiot.

        1. wearnicehats

          Clearly you are a student. Or on benefits. Or on tenure. Or in a union. Maybe you drive a tram. I’m not an idiot – just someone who is tired of carrying the welfare state and people who want something for nothing; and by something for nothing I’m including people who expect grossly inflated wages compared to the effort required to do their job.This country needs to stand up to the antiquated idea of unionisation. Unfortunately, given Howlin’s indoctrination instead of Kelly’s, the equally antiquated notion of a Labour Party won’t be doing so any time soon. Maybe you could profer an argument rather than just calling someone names.

          1. Clampers Outside!

            “carrying the welfare state and people who want something for nothing”
            That’s be the top 5% who don’t pay any tax then, who effectively sponge off ALL the services provided by the state. In fact, they’re a bigger burden on you…. than the welfare crowd in fairness.

            Funny that….. init.
            Well worth rememberin’ …..init.

          2. Mark Dennehy

            I get the luas daily as well hats, and I’d be willing to bet I pay more tax than you do as well. You’re still wrong.

            Also, “carrying the welfare state”? Lad. Thatcher’s dead. We did the 21 gun salute at the coffin and everything just to make sure. So enough with this libertarian “we’re all self-made men and Elizabeth Warren was wrong about that” nonsense. “antiquated idea of unionisation”? It’s only antiquated if you happen to own a business — for the vast, vast majority of people (the majority of the electorate, in other words), unions are vital. Unless you *like* the idea of living in a dickens novel, that is.

            The fact is, we’re one of the most unequal nations in the world for income. And that’s why we can’t have nice things. Anything to goes to fix that – like unionisation and group negotiation – is a good thing.

  6. Sydney T

    Too many Luas drivers commenting in here who should be at work.
    No strike today, you’re meant to be pushing that button!

  7. Kieran NYC

    SIPTU have mismanaged this appallingly. Doesn’t give me much hope for the other upcoming pay negotiations.

  8. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Last weekend I was told something by someone who knows something about these strikes that I found very funny. I wish I could share it here but it’s probably libelous and likely a lie.
    Also, strikes aren’t suitable topics for humour.

    But I wish I could tell you. I really do.
    It’s really funny.
    .

  9. Mulder

    Listen i have to agree, these strikes, could, break the internet or even end it.
    Though with Shane Rss at the helm, as new Transport minister, he ehh, should be ahh, able to steady the ship.
    AThough must say the ols SS Titanic looks a bit unsteady
    And shane does not sail.
    Launch the life boats.
    Ohh forgot, there is none.
    Sugar.

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