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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Varadkar: 'People are sick of strike threats at Aer Lingus'

Published 07/05/2014 | 12:42

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Leo Varadkar

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has slammed the latest threat of strike action at Aer Lingus, and said that he is “sick” of it.

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Speaking in Dublin earlier this morning, Minister Varadkar called for an end to “this old fashioned trade union activity of threatening strikes”, and branded it as “megaphone diplomacy”.

“I think people are getting pretty sick at this stage about strike threats at Aer Lingus.  It seems every three months someone in Aer Lingus is threatening to go on strike and they never do.

“I really think we should have an end to this old fashioned trade union activity of threatening strikes, and problems like issues over rosters should be dealt with by negotiation and not megaphone diplomacy.”

He said that this latest threat to ground flights at busy times by the airlines just irritates people and causes major disruption.

“We have a labour relations commission and a labour court which I set up by the state to hear both sides of the story.  And that's where they should be telling their story.  Rather than this nonsense of making strike threats that never happen,” he said.

Adding: “And all that does is annoy people and disrupt their holidays.  And I think people are sick of it, and certainly I am.”

His comments come after trade union IMPACT warned that strike action is looming at Aer Lingus, in a dispute over rosters.

In this dispute, IMPACT represents 1,100 of the airlines cabin crew members.

 

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