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Monday 10 December 2018

Airport industrial relations 'broken' as pay deal sought

DAA spokesman Paul O’Kane. Photo: Paul Sherwood
DAA spokesman Paul O’Kane. Photo: Paul Sherwood

Fearghal O'Connor

Siptu has claimed the industrial relations environment at DAA is "broken" as talks continue over a new pay and productivity agreement.

Officials wrote to management about a row over contract hours, saying that the company's approach had been "disrespectful".

"There have been many discussions with the senior members of HR, and even the chief executive, about what can only be described as a broken industrial relations environment in the DAA and this latest failure on behalf of the company to address serious issues of concern to our members, your staff, in a timely fashion only serves to exasperate this scenario," said the email to DAA human resources staff.

DAA spokesman Paul O'Kane said it "relates to a specific issue which the company is planning to address shortly".

Last week, the Workplace Relations Commission sought an extension until tomorrow for DAA to respond to it regarding a 19pc cumulative pay claim plus profit share lodged by Siptu last year. Siptu's DAA committee is set to meet on Tuesday to decide on a course of action.

A previous agreement, called Better Together, was rejected last year by Siptu members.

Unions Mandate and Impact have since agreed deals with DAA but a series of smaller disputes have erupted with Siptu officials. A row over a realignment of the staff holiday year to coincide with DAA's financial year followed the contract hours row, with Siptu rejecting the realignment as it was part of the rejected deal.

It warned that "no further changes to our members' terms and conditions of employment or customs and practices will be acceptable to this union and its representatives without prior negotiation and agreement.

"We urge the company to desist from this planned course of action in these matters."

The DAA spokesman responded: "The change in relation to the holiday year has no impact on an any employee's holiday entitlements. It is merely an administrative matter."

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