THE CLOCK is ticking down towards next Friday's disruptive industrial action at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports.
The Dublin Airport Authority is preparing to go to the High Court on Tuesday to seek an injunction to stop the action.
SIPTU has been criticised by the Transport Minister for not calling off the strike and Leo Varadkar may have a point.
A new government-brokered initiative is underway. Surely the union should give this a chance before launching their action?
Undoubtedly its members are facing pension issues but this is not a unique situation nowadays.
However, much of the damage has been done. Many passengers have rebooked or cancelled flights.
At this stage it's a matter of limiting disruption and keeping our country open.
All sides must engage with the Government's expert panel.