SIPTU continues to win for its members with a large number of pay deals concluded in 2024 across the Aviation Sector

Some of the notable deals are as follows:

Bidvest Noonan/Bundled Services Shannon

Following a Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) conciliation meeting in 2023 a proposal on pay was agreed by ballot of SIPTU members as follows:

(1)       A pay increase of 3.5% for 2022 backdated to April 1st 2022.

(2)       A pay increase of 3.5% for 2023 backdated to April 1st 2023.

(3)       A pay increase of 3.25% for 2024 payable from April 1st 2024.

* This pay agreement will expire on March 31st 2025.


SIPTU members in daa Dublin, Cork and Shannon Shared Services recently voted to accept pay proposals.

The main pay agreement is for 10% over three years from March 2024. The agreement also brings new entrant rates in four lower-paid areas up by almost 25% from current levels, with existing members in these areas seeing cumulative increases from 11% to 23% over the same period.

The agreement also contains several provisions on simplifying the company’s payroll practices. Engagement on these issues had been provided for in the previous pay agreement in 2022.

The main pay increases are for:

(1)       4% from March 2024.(2)       3% from March 2025.(3)       3% from March 2026.

* Deal expires 21st March, 2027.

Lufthansa Technik Turbine Shannon (LTTS)

A three-year pay agreement has been agreed for 120 members to cover the 2024-2026 period.

The agreement was reached at local level without recourse to the WRC, and provides for 15% in pay increases over 36 months, as follows:

(1)       5% from 1st January, 2024

(2)       5% from 1st January, 2025

(3)       5% from 1st January, 2026 

* Deal expires 31st December, 2026.

The proposal, agreed upon in talks in December 2023, was approved by our members in a ballot, with an acceptance margin of 97%.

No productivity cost-offsetting measures are provided for in the agreement.

Swissport Dublin, Cork and Shannon

SIPTU entered negotiations with Swissport in December 2022 for a pay increase for 2023. This resulted in a 33% increase in the basic hourly rate for the Dublin station and 10% for both Shannon and Cork stations.

This was a very significant one-year pay increase but also divisive insofar as it created a pay difference of 23% between Dublin and the other two locations, Cork and Shannon.

SIPTU representatives’ position was that they would only bring this to ballot where it stated on the ballot paper that the Union could pursue a “pay realignment claim” through the WRC. The pay proposal was accepted by a majority and the “pay realignment claim” was pursued.

This matter was referred to the WRC where SIPTU put a proposal to the company that a €94 weighting allowance introduced in 2022 be subsumed into the basic hourly rate for Cork and Shannon thus reducing the percentage differential from 23% to 11%.

The remaining 11% differential would be addressed at an additional

(1)       4% in 2024(2)       4% in 2025(3)       3% in 2026

This was accepted by the company. These payments will be paid separately and in addition to the new pay agreement for 2024 at 4% with an additional 2% for those with acquired skills (4% plus 2%).

The ballot on the pay realignment of the 23% was concluded on the 23rd of February 2024 and accepted by 57%.

The ballot on the 2024 pay proposal was concluded on the 8th of March 2024 and accepted by 96%.