Tuesday 12 December 2017

Over 10pc of airport staff are now on different terms to DAA parent


Emmet Oliver and John Mulligan

About 300 staff at the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) are now working under different terms and conditions to the rest of the company, representing almost 13pc of the semi-state's Irish-based workforce.

A company called DAA Airport Services Ltd is employing 295 staff who are then 'seconded' back to work for the main company, the Dublin Airport Authority Plc.

The first-ever accounts have been published for DAA Airport Services, showing how the company operates. The staff are seconded for an "indefinite period'' and have different pension arrangements to the rest of the DAA, which employs 2,383 people within Ireland.

The accounts show that DAA Airport Services offered no pension scheme to the 295 staff, although it said there was a prospect of a new pension scheme at some stage in the future.

"In relation to the pension question, it is envisaged that these employees will join a new pension scheme once it has been established," a spokesman said.

"The establishment of the new scheme was agreed with trade unions at the Labour Relation Commission in 2008. In the meantime, these employees can avail of a PRSA and the company will make a contribution similar to the contribution that it makes to the Irish Aviation Scheme pension," he added.

It is understood the 295 staff are spread throughout the DAA operations and none of them works in Terminal 2, the facility used by Aer Lingus that was opened two years ago.

Over 14,000 current and former DAA and Aer Lingus staff are members of the Irish Airlines' (General Employees) Superannuation Scheme, which is battling to contain a massive €500m-plus pension deficit.


Both the DAA and Aer Lingus are adamant that they do not have any legal obligation to contribute any further funds to the lucrative defined-benefit scheme.

Last month, Siptu wrote to DAA head of industrial relations John McCormack, telling him that the scheme is "flawed" and that it was "profoundly illogical" that money continues to be put into it.

Aer Lingus also moved to ring-fence any new staff members from a defined-benefit scheme as it sought to generate almost €100m in savings under its so-called Greenfield cost-reduction plan.

The airline has warned that it could face industrial action if it rejected pleas to inject fresh funds into the troubled superannuation scheme, and said that any legal action taken in an effort to force it to do so could be tied up in the courts for years.

Irish Independent

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