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Thursday 26 April 2018

Airport strikes likely during October bank holiday after pension talks break down

Mark O’ Regan

TRADE unions are targeting the October Bank Holiday weekend to launch industrial action at airports across the country after efforts to resolve the pension deficit crisis at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority broke down.

“The reactivation of industrial action is very, very likely in the coming weeks,” said SIPTU organiser Dermot O’Loughlin.

“Whilst the Dublin Airport Authority appear to have raised meaningful initiatives, Aer Lingus has not.”

He said representatives at the airline “refused to meet directly with unions representing the staff pension committees.”

He also said workers at the two companies are “angry and disillusioned with the discourteous behaviour which the Aer Lingus management team has displayed.”

Aer Lingus had threatened to sue SIPTU and its officers, officials and members for at least €2m a day in potential losses if unions follow through on its industrial action threat.

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