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Sunday 23 July 2017

After 31 years of service, it's over

ANNE-MARIE WALSH

SR Technics' remaining workforce at Dublin Airport shrank to just 13 people yesterday.

Despite the furore over Ryanair's offer to create 500 positions for former staff, the job losses continued.

Father-of-four Chris Walker (59), pictured left, yesterday walked away from the aviation maintenance firm's impressive campus of hangars at Dublin Airport for the last time.

It was 31 years to the day he started working for the firm that was previously part of Aer Lingus.

The senior business analyst is one of two members of the tiny staff that left Hangar Five for the last time yesterday. They have been part of a team of 15 there since the firm departed last October with 1,135 jobs lost.

Meanwhile, SRT began its move to pastures new with the announcement of a new maintenance facility in Malta that will create 350 jobs by 2014.

Upset

But Chris Walker did not feel as upset as he thought he would when his last day finally arrived.

"The real emotion was on April 3 last year, when the first 600 of my colleagues went," he told the Irish Independent.

"That was the day of an aborted management buyout. Senior management met the IDA in the morning and put proposals to them to save 780 jobs. They had SRT on side, and the workers agreed a 20pc drop in pay to save their jobs.

"Management wanted a €15m investment from the IDA but the IDA, after making phone calls, said they could not go ahead. Three senior managers went back to the airport at 10am and started laying off staff," he recalls.

Irish Independent

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