Airport strikes as unions say no to offer
AIRPORT strikes are looming after unions rejected as "derisory" an offer in a row over a €750m hole in the staff pension funds.
Work stoppages at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) -- which runs the hubs at Dublin, Cork and Shannon -- had been called off after unions and management agreed to resume talks.
However, SIPTU last night told members that the offers put forward to help solve the deficit in the companies' joint pension scheme were "derisory".
Dermot O'Loughlin, a SIPTU union organiser, said unless the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) came up with a process in the next few days, then he believed they would begin drawing up plans for work stoppages.
It is believed they may be considering action over the October bank holiday weekend.
Mr O'Loughlin said Aer Lingus had offered to provide between €6m to €15m. It would not inject any lump sums unless staff accepted "very significant" productivity measures.
According to SIPTU, the DAA agreed to provide up to €43m.
The union said it had written yesterday to the LRC seeking its help in improving the money being put on the table.