Tuesday 21 November 2017

Don’t go on strike, Varadkar warns airport unions in pensions row

John Downing, Political Correspondent

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has warned Aer Lingus and airport staff not to go on strike in efforts to resolve a pension crux.


As the workers begin a strike ballot, the Minister said there would be no public sympathy for a dispute which disrupted St Patrick’s Day holiday travel and key rugby matches.

Mr Varadkar said the pensions row between Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority involving 4,300 staff at Dublin and Shannon Airports was like many other pension problems across the country.  The pension fund does not hold enough money to meet the promises made to the scheme members.

The Minister advised both sides to see reason and share the pain between them.

“The solution is a simple one – the company will to put in more money and the pensioners and the members will have to take less benefits. That solution will have to be arrived at some time.

“So let’s avoid a strike,” Mr Varadkar said.

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