SIPTU regrets the decision by Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland to announce that it is considering the closure of its plant in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, which would result in the loss of 400 jobs. SIPTU Organiser, Karl Byrne, said: “This news has come as a great shock to the workers employed at the plant and their families. There are 88 SIPTU members affected. As part of the thirty day consultation period, trade union representatives will meet the management of the company on Monday to discuss any measures that might be taken to save as many jobs as possible.” He added: “The workers employed in this aircraft engine maintenance plant are highly skilled and dedicated to their work. If the plant can not be saved the company and the Government must adequately reward them for their service and invest in their retraining.” Aer Lingus established Airmotive Ireland in 1980. Lufthansa Technik took full ownership in 1999.