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Aer Lingus and DAA workers protest outsde Minister Joan Burton's house

Aer Lingus and DAA workers protest outsde Minister Joan Burton's house

Aer Lingus and DAA workers protest outsde Minister Joan Burton's house

AROUND 50 protesters gathered at the home of Tanaiste Joan Burton last night to protest about a disputed Aer Lingus’ pension scheme.

The group have warned they also intend to picket Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s home.

Their campaign is aimed at drawing attention to their expected retirement income, which they say has been badly hit.

Members of the deferred pension scheme, which also includes former employees of Dublin Airport Authority and aviation company SR Technics, claim their pensions have been drastically reduced.

The protest at the home of Ms Burton, who is also Social Protection Minister, comes after a demonstration outside Transport Minister Paschall Donohoe’s house last week.

“Our members will have their pensions cut by up to 60pc,” said protester David Karr.

“We want the minister to put the deferred back on the list of protected pensions.

“Joan Burton comes knocking on our door when she’s looking for votes, so we’re coming to her door looking for support.

“At the end of this, I will come out with a pension of €14,000 a year,” he added.

Those affected are members of the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS), which covered current and former staff at Aer Lingus, and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), and which had a deficit of close to €800m.

Both the Siptu and Impact trade unions voted in favour of last month’s settlement proposals, which will involve moving staff to a new scheme, to which Aer Lingus will contribute €191m in funding.

The Irish Congress of Trade Union said a ballot had resulted in a 70pc vote in favour of the reorganisation of the pension scheme.

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