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SIPTU in payment warning to DAA
12 Feb 2016 00:12
SIPTU has warned the Dublin Airport Authority that it will not tolerate dividends being paid to the State before pay cuts imposed on members in 2010 are restored.
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The warning comes in a letter to DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland from SIPTU Aviation Sector Organiser Greg Ennis on Monday.
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A spokesperson for the DAA said the payment of a dividend by the DAA is a matter in the first instance for the Board.
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In a statement, the company said "Government policy is that dividends should be paid by its commercial semi-State companies by reference to their financial performance and profit level.
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"Any queries about pay is an operational matter for the Company."
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However, in his letter, Mr Ennis notes an article in the previous day's Sunday Independent claiming that the State airport authority will resume paying a dividend to the Government this year for the first time since the start of the recession.
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Mr Ennis writes that in February 2010, temporary pay cuts ranging from 4.25% to 9% were imposed on staff, along with redundancies, cuts in overtime rates and sick pay, the elimination of a Christmas bonus, redeployments, and other "efficiencies".
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He also reminds the DAA boss that staff did not receive the 6% pay rise due under the then national wage agreement, and new entrants were to be recruited on lower "market" rates of pay.
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He said these measures had resulted in an annual surplus in projected savings since 2010 of €7.9 million.
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They also helped to deliver group profits (before exceptional items and after tax) of around €290m over the same five year period.
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Given those circumstances, Mr Ennis accuses the DAA of "immorally" continuing to withhold restoration of the pay cuts.
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