Sunday 25 January 2015

No public sympathy if you strike, Varadkar warns Aer Lingus staff

Published 21/01/2014 | 02:30

(L to R)   
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar TD 
Mark Pollock
Con Doherty (Irish junior triathlete)
at the launch of the Wings for Life World Run 2014, the world's first global running race in in Trinity College, Dublin.
 On May 4th, up to 150,000 people will race simultaneously in as many as 40 different countries worldwide.
Photo:  Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister Leo Varadkar, Mark Pollock and Con Doherty

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has warned workers at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority that there will be no public sympathy for a strike.

He has intervened in the row between airport employees and management, calling on both sides to help avoid damaging industrial action.

The minister urged an early pensions deal even though Siptu has claimed that employers have failed to engage in meaningful discussions on the deficit in the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS).

As the workers engage in a strike ballot, the minister said there would be no public sympathy for a dispute which risks disrupting St Patrick's Day holiday travel and key rugby matches.

"The solution is a simple one - the company will have to put in more money and the pensioners and the members will have to take less benefits.

"So let's avoid a strike," Mr Varadkar said.

Irish Independent

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