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870 DAA staff apply for redundancy as aviation crisis grows

Union reps warn workers that outlook is not good as DAA loses €1m a week

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'The Daa spokesman declined to comment on the number of staff that have sought voluntary severance but added that the company is currently losing €1m per day due to the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation sector.' (stock photo)

'The Daa spokesman declined to comment on the number of staff that have sought voluntary severance but added that the company is currently losing €1m per day due to the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation sector.' (stock photo)

'The Daa spokesman declined to comment on the number of staff that have sought voluntary severance but added that the company is currently losing €1m per day due to the impact of Covid-19 on the aviation sector.' (stock photo)

Up to 870 airport staff have applied for a voluntary redundancy programme at Dublin and Cork airports, this newspaper has learned.

The news comes as Daa, which runs both airports, and trade unions attempted to reach agreement on work practice changes.

It also follows confirmation by Aer Lingus that, after the rejection of similar work practice changes in a ballot in recent weeks, it may now seek compulsory redundancies in a bid to slash costs.