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SIPTU ground staff members in Aer Lingus reject Labour Court recommendation

Date Released: 02 March 2022

SIPTU members employed in Aer Lingus ground operations at Dublin airport have voted by 85% to reject a Labour Court Recommendation which granted the company a pay freeze until December 2024 and a permanent 10% pay cut to Roster Duty Allowances (RDAs). The Labour Court recommendation followed the rejection of a Covid-19 recovery document put to our members by the company in September 2021 to reduce costs and change work practices in order to offset the airline losses incurred due to the pandemic.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Niall Phillips, said: The Covid-19 recovery document and subsequent Labour Court recommendation sought a pay freeze until December 2024. In real terms, this would mean that our members would experience a 4 and a half year pay freeze in total, with pay remaining static since 2019.  Like many workers in the Aviation sector, our members in Aer Lingus were severely affected by Covid-19 with many working significantly reduced hours since March 2020 and only returning to 100% of their contracted hours in November 2021. While our members accept that Aer Lingus suffered heavy losses due to the pandemic, our members also suffered very significant reductions in income during the same period.” 

Karan O Loughlin, SIPTU Transport, Energy, Aviation and Construction Division Organiser Division said: “The problem is further compounded for our members by rising inflation which means that the current value of wages continues to be eroded on a daily basis. Aviation workers are faced with the same crippling increases in the cost of fuels and energy as all other workers and they have no way to offset these costs. Accordingly, being asked to carry a pay freeze for almost another 3 years is untenable.

 The issue of the pay freeze and cuts to allowances became even more difficult for our members to accept when news broke on the 14th February that British Airways, a member of IAG along with Aer Lingus, announced that it had agreed a 10% pay increase for its workers for 2022.”  

SIPTU representatives will seek to meet with senior Aer Lingus management to discuss these recent developments.

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