Sunday 11 December 2016

Court to fast track airport pensions case

Tim Healy

Published 12/04/2016 | 02:30

The judge was told that given so many of the plaintiffs were pensioners there was an urgency to the case. Photo: Getty Images
The judge was told that given so many of the plaintiffs were pensioners there was an urgency to the case. Photo: Getty Images

A CASE affecting around 700 aviation industry workers is to be assigned to a judge to ensure it can be dealt with as quickly as possible through the High Court.

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Mr Justice Peter Kelly, president of the court, yesterday agreed to a request from counsel for the Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority workers to have the matter "case managed" following a failed application last July to have it dealt with through the court's fast-fast track commercial list.

The judge was told that given so many of the plaintiffs were pensioners there was an urgency to the case.

Four former workers, members of the Irish Airlines General Employees Superannuation Scheme, have brought an action claiming their entitlements were unlawfully cut under a restructuring of their defined benefit scheme.

Theirs is effectively a test case for around 700 other workers who, it is alleged, will collectively lose €1m per year.

Among the declarations they seek are that legislation under which the pension reduction was effected is invalid and incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights.

They also seek damages for alleged breach of constitutional rights and alleged wrongful interference with economic interests.

Irish Independent

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