Unions back DAA plan to cut 400 jobs at airports
A majority of union members at the country's three main airports have voted in favour of a radical restructuring plan by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) paving the way for nearly 400 job cuts.
Siptu members agreed to the planned cuts and rationalisation by a majority of two to one. Votes from members of unions Impact and Mandate were still being counted yesterday, but it's believed they will also give the green light to the cost-cutting proposed by the DAA, which controls Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports.
Siptu organiser Dermot O'Loughlin said that he welcomed the decision by members to back the proposals, and added they provide a "realistic platform" to ensure staff are "favourably positioned for all future challenges".
Just over 3,000 people are employed by the DAA, the majority of them in Dublin. The DAA said last year that it needed to slash costs as it faced into as much as a €75m earnings shortfall.
Passenger traffic at the country's airports has declined dramatically since the boom turned to bust, while the DAA is counting on controversial higher passenger charges with the opening of its new Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport to help plug at least part of the gap in its finances.
The DAA will axe 275 full-time positions and a further 100 part-time jobs, while a voluntary severance scheme will also be introduced. A pay freeze will be in effect until 2011. It's likely to be March before the DAA can begin implementing many of the changes.