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Sunday 18 November 2018

Siptu hits DAA with new list of staff demands

'The trade union is also demanding the prohibition of the outsourcing of work carried out by its members and further wants a new methodology for job evaluation introduced at Dublin and Cork airports.' Photo: Stock Image
'The trade union is also demanding the prohibition of the outsourcing of work carried out by its members and further wants a new methodology for job evaluation introduced at Dublin and Cork airports.' Photo: Stock Image

Fearghal O'Connor

Trade union Siptu has sent DAA a long list of new demands, just weeks after the two sides agreed a pay deal.

The eclectic new list of demands has been lodged by the trade union as the second stage of a process that saw workers agree a pay deal that will see them receive wage increases of 8.5pc during a period of just over four years.

That deal, agreed in May at the Workplace Relations Commission and backed by a large majority in a subsequent ballot of workers, ended a two-year long deadlock on pay at the airport operator. But the list of new demands, lodged as part of an agreed phase two of discussions between the union and management, includes everything from an increase in annual leave for staff to the sometimes vexed issue of staff car parking arrangements at the airport.

The trade union is also demanding the prohibition of the outsourcing of work carried out by its members and further wants a new methodology for job evaluation introduced at Dublin and Cork airports.

A letter from Siptu aviation sector organiser Neil McGowan to DAA's chief people officer Brian Drain also sought two new concessions regarding retirement age for airport workers.

"We are seeking that members that wish to stay on past the normal retirement age [65] may do so on a purely voluntary basis and that they can continue to avail of contributions to the DC [defined contribution] Scheme on the period of extension," wrote McGowan.

"We are seeking that members in areas where the work is physical in nature and or demanding mentally can have the option to retire early, if they choose to so," he continued.

The union also demanded that the company incentivise pensions for the lower paid, provide full-time contracts for workers on lower hours who want them and improvements in the company's performance management system, as well as a range of other issues.

Drain had invited the trade union to send a list for an agenda for the next phase of industrial relations talks at the company. He said in a letter on June 22 - to which he received the trade union response the same day - that this second phase of negotiations offered the two sides "an opportunity to work together and address matters of common concern to DAA as a business and employees and unions as key stakeholders".

"We have therefore framed out suggested agenda in a balanced manner to reflect this. This approach allows a combined focus on achieving solutions to what are common challenges."

Drain told the union that the company wanted to agree a fair way of "rewarding colleagues with particular focus on providing clarity on pay and conditions in relation to movement between positions on promotion or otherwise".

"We see a significant value in designing a clear and agreed vision of how structural changes will happen and how the employee concerns are addressed and agreed," wrote Drain.

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