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Airport workers threaten another 2 days of strikes

AIRLINE passengers face further disruption this month as SIPTU workers escalate their industrial action with planned stoppages at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.

The union is threatening to add an extra two days of stoppages to the one already planned for next Friday.

Next week's four-hour action is expected to cause travel misery for thousands flying into the country's three main airports for the St Patrick's bank holiday weekend and those flying out for the Ireland-France Six Nations match in Paris.

And now SIPTU workers employed by Aer Lingus and by the Dublin Airport Authority, who are in dispute with the company over pensions, are preparing for further stoppages of up to six hours at the airports on March 21 and 24.

Aer Lingus has been forced to revise flight schedules to cope with next Friday's stoppage in a bid to minimise its effect.

The strike action is planned between 5am and 9am, which is one of the busiest times at the three main airports, and long passenger queues are likely.


Last night SIPTU was expected to serve further strike notice by courier on Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller, but an airline spokesperson said this morning they were yet to receive anything.

Talks between the airline and union representatives ended in deadlock last week. Negotiations between unions and the DAA also ended with a similar result.

The two sides are divided over the amount of money that Aer Lingus and the DAA have asked to put towards a new pension scheme.