The daa ICTU Unions, SIPTU, Mandate, Forsa, Connect and Unite have today called for the daa to suspend the planned dividend to allow for the funds to be used to support airport workers over the coming period. The Unions have been in correspondence with senior management in daa seeking support for the suspension of the planned dividend. In 2019, daa paid a dividend to the State of €37.4 million and it was expected that a similar payment would be made later this year. SIPTU Organiser Neil McGowan said: Given that the Aviation Industry will be severely impacted by this unprecedented crisis, it is essential that airport workers, who have been and remain on the frontline as the situation develops are supported by every means possible. With the expected significant reduction in flights there is a real possibility that workers providing services at the airports could suffer a significant reduction in earnings and we believe by suspending the dividend to the State these funds could be used to financially support these workers over the coming weeks.” SIPTU represents 2000 members across all grades at Dublin and Cork Airports and the Shared Services Centre in Limerick.