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Wednesday 21 March 2018

Aer Lingus workers have nothing to fear from job cuts report – Burton

Labour accuses Fianna Fail of making “a political football” of the share sale

Tanaiste Joan Burton
Tanaiste Joan Burton
John Downing

John Downing

AER Lingus workers “have nothing to fear” from an internal report on job cuts, Labour leader Joan Burton insisted.

The Tanaiste was responding to questions about the confidential report by consultants Nyras presented to the company in February which suggests huge job cuts of up to 40pc in some services.

Fianna Fail transport spokesman, Timmy Dooley, told the Dail this undermined assurances that there will be job growth and no compulsory redundancies at Aer Lingus after the remaining taxpayers’ quarter share in sold to aviation giant, IAG.

Mr Dooley urged the Government to delay a Dail vote on the taxpayers’ share sale due today. He said there should be a full debate on the issues at the Oireachtas transport committee.

He said the 2006 sale of 75pc of shares by the Fianna Fail-led government had left Aer Lingus in a good position to renew its fleet and become profitable.

Ms Burton said the report by consultants Nyras concerned services which were already for the most part out-sourced to firms outside of Ireland.

“So, it actually has no impact or influence for employment in Ireland,” the Labour leader told the Dail.

The Tanaiste said the Government would continue to have “a veto” over any future sale of Aer Lingus’s strategically vital Heathrow landing slots.

Sinn Fein deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald, said the sale would give citizens nothing and also offered no help to the company’s pensioners who were left short due to underfunding.

Ms McDonald also questioned whether there would be any “veto” over the sale of Heathrow slots.

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