Tuesday 22 October 2019

Shannon airport reaches deal with union over voluntary exit scheme

The firm which operates Shannon airport is implementing a voluntary redundancy scheme that has been voted through by union members.
The firm which operates Shannon airport is implementing a voluntary redundancy scheme that has been voted through by union members.

Gordon Deegan

The firm which operates Shannon airport is implementing a voluntary redundancy scheme that has been voted through by union members.

New accounts for Shannon Airport Authority confirm that the vote on the exit scheme and work practices was taken in March after negotiations under the auspices of the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) had continued throughout 2018.

Staff numbers at the airport already decreased by 10% last year from 271 to 244 and the airport firm last year provided for a €5.3m cost in its voluntary severance scheme.

Asked to comment on the WRC deal, the acting CEO of the Shannon Group, Mary Considine said yesterday: "There have been on-going discussions over the last two years to deliver work practice efficiencies and improve operating performance at the Airport. She added: "This has resulted in a set of proposals being agreed at the WRC which were balloted on and accepted by staff. The introduction of these work practice changes are ongoing and will allow a number of our staff to avail of a voluntary severance scheme."

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