Monday 23 April 2018

Varadkar urges end to strike at Aer Lingus

Niall O’Connor

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar has urged SIPTU to call off the “totally unnecessary” strike by Aer Lingus workers over the St Patrick’s weekend.

Mr Varadkar said the industrial action will “discommode” hundreds of thousands of air passengers and that the government is now willing to intervene.

Aer Lingus at a number of airports are set to strike for four hours on Friday, March 14 in a move that could significantly impact tourists travelling to Ireland for St Patrick’s Day.

Speaking in Blanchardstown this morning, Mr Varadkar said he believed SIPTU has “made the wrong call” by proposing strike action.

“They’ve made the wrong call. They’re targeting St Patrick’s Day which will discommode hundreds of thousands of tourists, and hundreds of thousands of people trying to get away for a hard earned weekend,” he said.

“They’re the only ones who can call off this strike. This strike hasn’t been called by government, hasn’t been called by Aer Lingus or the airport companies, it’s been called by SIPTU who haven’t even balloted their members on the latest set of proposals.”

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