SIPTU seeks urgent talks with Aer Lingus over planned job losses

SIPTU seeks urgent talks with Aer Lingus over planned job losses

Date Released: 19 June 2020

SIPTU representatives are calling for an urgent meeting with Aer Lingus management following todays (Friday, 19th June) announcement of 500 planned redundancies at the airline.

SIPTU Aviation Sector Organiser Neil McGowan said:

“The announcement from management that it has informed the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty. that it plans to reduce the numbers at the airline by 500 workers has shocked and upset our members in Aer Lingus.

“SIPTU representatives will seek to ensure that the as many jobs as possible are maintained at the airline and that any workers who choose to exit the company do so on a voluntary basis.

“The airline must engage with the Union immediately and in addition to limiting the numbers exiting and maintaining employment in the airline, management must also step back from the planned lay-offs and further pay reductions it announced earlier this week.”

SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin said: “The airline is pouring petrol on the fire of an already difficult industrial relations environment and must give time for proper negotiations and consultation on the planned redundancies. This cannot happen in a productive way when 200 SIPTU members are on temporary lay-off and over 1000 have had their pay reduced to 30 per cent of normal income.”