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Friday 23 February 2018

Travellers face airport disruption if action goes ahead

An Aer Lingus craft at Dublin Airport.
An Aer Lingus craft at Dublin Airport.

Air travellers could be hit with industrial action at Dublin Airport next month, the chairman designate of the DAA has warned.

Pádraig Ó Riordáin told the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport that a closing date for staff accepting a pensions deal is looming in March.

"It was unfortunate that the company found itself in a situation last March, faced with a potential closure of Dublin and Cork airports," he said.

"We had no choice but to secure injunctive relief from the High Court. We have put forward an offer to staff and deferred members of the scheme which significantly bridges the cuts that have been made by the trustee to pensions."

The DAA has offered to provide €72m to establish a new defined contribution pension scheme.

"Regrettably, the offer, which is open until March 15, has not as yet been made within a collective bargaining framework," said Mr Ó Riordáin.

"I cannot rule out the prospect of further industrial action being contemplated by unions over the coming weeks."

Irish Independent

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