TRADE union UNITE has condemned proposals by Aer Lingus to transfer the lease of its maintenance hangar at Shannon Airport, which it says puts 70 local jobs at risk.
According to the union, talks are at “an advanced stage” to move operations to Dublin Airport. But the Shannon workers have mandated unions to fight the plans.
“A group of employee representatives held a hastily arranged meeting with (chief executive) Christoph Mueller. They demanded that any decision to proceed be postponed until a consultation process was initiated with the 70 staff who stand to lose their jobs...this appeal was rejected,” commented Brian Gormley, UNITE.
“Despite their long and highly praised service, the first our members knew of the plan to sell the roof over their heads was on the RTE news.”
Minister Leo Varadkar said he was aware Aer Lingus was involved in “commercial negotiations” which could result in a net gain in maintenance jobs at Shannon and Dublin.
But Limerick Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins, who met the Shannon workers this week, has accused the Government of sitting on its hands. “These people are extremely worried about their jobs as Aer Lingus pushes ahead with plans to dramatically downgrade the operation at Shannon Airport. The uncertainty is extremely distressing for these workers and their families and they feel let down by the Government which has provided them with no support so far,” he stated.