Both parties agree to take part in talks
SIPTU MEMBERS at the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and Aer Lingus have agreed to defer their planned industrial action and to take part in talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
At a meeting at Dublin Airport last Friday morning, SIPTU members 'reluctantly' agreed to defer the industrial action planned to begin yesterday (Monday, October 1). The decision followed a request by the LRC on Wednesday, September 26 that SIPTU members defer their action and that the DAA and Aer Lingus withdraw legal and other threats against the union and that both parties enter discussions to resolve the issues which arise from the under-funding of the staff's pension scheme.
According to SIPTU Sector Organiser, Dermot O'Loughlin, the decision was made by the union's Industrial Action committees after five hours of discussions and despite strong criticism by members of the 'unnecessary tactics' used by both employers over recent days.
'The SIPTU Industrial Action committees at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority have reluctantly agreed to defer the action and to attend the LRC. 'They have made this decision despite strong reservations over the negotiation infrastructure proposed by the LRC and the unnecessary tactics used by the employers over the last number of days,' Dermot O'Loughlin said.