Labour Relations Commission CEO calls on SIPTU and the DAA to halt actions

Wednesday 26 September 2012 23.24
Planned SIPTU industrial action is over pensions
Planned SIPTU industrial action is over pensions

The Labour Relations Commission has called on SIPTU and the Dublin Airport Authority to halt their actions around planned industrial action at Aer Lingus and the DAA.

The industrial action threatens to cause disruption to air passengers.

The Chief Executive of the Labour Relations Commission Kieran Mulvey urged the union to halt its planned strike, while also calling on the DAA to withdraw its High Court application for an injunction to prevent it from going ahead.

Mr Mulvey has invited both sides to resume talks at the LRC this Friday in a bid to resolve the row over the €700m deficit in their joint pension scheme.

He has sent management and unions at the DAA and Aer Lingus an outline document containing proposals on how to resolve the dispute and to identify areas requiring further engagement.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus said they were open to positive engagement to find an appropriate resolution to the pensions issue.

It is unclear whether management and unions at the two companies will accept the LRC's invitation.

Earlier, SIPTU reiterated its intention to proceed with the strike.

This follows what it called the failure of the two companies to put forward meaningful proposals to resolve the dispute.

Aer Lingus and DAA shop stewards are holding emergency meetings tomorrow morning.

Yesterday, Aer LIngus threatened to sue SIPTU and its members personally for any losses arising from the strike - which it estimated at around €2m per day.

SIPTU members at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority have said today that they will proceed with planned industrial action on Monday, in a row over pensions.

The union said that the two companies had failed to put forward any meaningful proposals to resolve the dispute.

It said that there was "anger and dismay" among members over the threats, legal and otherwise, that have been made by the employers over recent days.

Earlier, the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Leo Varadkar, has called for renewed efforts by all the stakeholders to solve the row and avoid threatened industrial action at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports on Monday.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus said they were open to positive engagement to find an appropriate resolution to the pensions issue.

However, he declined to confirm at this point whether or not the airline would attend Friday's proposed talks at the LRC.

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