Monday 24 July 2017

Airport staff get €500 vouchers as part of profit share proposal - but payment unlikely to calm industrial unrest

Dublin airport (File photo)
Dublin airport (File photo)

Fearghal O'Connor

DAA plans to give all staff a €500 voucher as part of a profit-share proposal that has already been rejected by staff.

But it is understood the vouchers are unlikely to stave off growing industrial relations unrest at the company, which recently reported profit after tax of €106m.

Staff rejected DAA's Better Together productivity programme in a ballot, despite trade union backing. The deal would have seen wages rise by up to 4pc in return for productivity measures, including scrapping Christmas Eve as a company holiday.

A much bigger pay claim of up to 20pc is now in preparation by union officials, according to well-placed sources. But in a letter, titled "Sharing in Success", chief executive Kevin Toland told staff the previously agreed profit share would go ahead.

"In the case of most full-time staff members, this should mean the payment of a €500 voucher, pro rata for others," he wrote. "We would expect vouchers to issue by the end of July."

But after a meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission, Siptu wrote to staff to say it had "closed off the process as there was no basis for further engagement on the rejected proposals".

"We also informed the company that this process was at an end and that the union will proceed with pay claims and a claim for profit share," it wrote. It said that the voucher plan by DAA "would not negate the pending profit share claim from this union".

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