Varadkar calls on Aer Lingus to suspend SIPTU legal action

Thursday 20 March 2014 12.04
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said Aer Lingus should suspend its legal action against SIPTU
Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said Aer Lingus should suspend its legal action against SIPTU

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said Aer Lingus should suspend its legal action against SIPTU for damages incurred due to threatened industrial action last week.

A temporary High Court injunction was granted to the Dublin Airport Authority preventing SIPTU from holding a four hour stoppage last Friday in a dispute over proposed cuts in pension benefits. 

Leo Varadkar said an expert group has been appointed to help find a solution to the problem and everyone needs to engage with this group.

He said "Well I don't think Aer Lingus suing SIPTU or anyone is helpful. 

"An expert group has now been appointed to help find a solution  to the problem at the airport. 

"At this stage I don't think there should be any strike threats, any strike ballots and nobody should be suing anyone. Let's knuckle down  now to finding a solution to this problem."

Speaking this morning, he said SIPTU and the other unions should withdraw any threat of strike action and should not proceed with any balloting of their members.

He repeated his belief that Aer Lingus suing SIPTU or any individuals is unhelpful. 

He said a solution needs to be found

He said: "I think Aer Lingus should suspend their legal action and I think SIPTU and the other unions should withdraw any strike threat and decide not to proceed with any balloting.

"Everyone needs to engage now with this expert group. Let's find a solution to this problem."