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Airport strike chaos moves closer despite union talks

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 FRUSTRATION: Transport Minister Leo Varadkar

FRUSTRATION: Transport Minister Leo Varadkar

FRUSTRATION: Transport Minister Leo Varadkar

THE threat of airline chaos has intensified after SIPTU announced it was pressing ahead with a planned four-hour work stoppage despite Government intervention.

The union has agreed that it will engage with an expert panel, set up to resolve the long-running pensions dispute.

But it said plans for the industrial action on March 14 are still on the table with workers furious that millions has disappeared into a pensions blackhole. Union sources last night revealed to the Herald that some 4,250 workers have forked out over €9m every year into the company's pension scheme, which works out over €2,000 per worker annually.

FORGOTTEN

Sources said the government's decision to set up the panel was a case of "shutting the door after the horse had bolted".

An insider warned that if the union removed the threat of action at the country's four main airports next week, airport management and the government would once again allow the issue to be forgotten.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said it was "astonished" by SIPTU'S decision not to postpone the action.

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar also expressed his deep frustration saying it's "not right" that its members are intent on strike action.

HNEWS@HERALD.IE


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