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Overtime should not be compulsory for air traffic controllers – Morgan

17 January, 2008

Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Workers' Rights Arthur Morgan TD has criticised the Irish Aviation Authority for refusing to address the legitimate concerns of air traffic controllers over working hours, a decision which has now led to a dispute at the airport. Morgan said the stressful nature of air traffic control should mean workers should not have to work overtime if they do not want to.

Morgan said, "The decision to not recruit sufficient staff levels, which has left the system dependent on overtime, is clearly about profit. Air traffic control is a stressful job and the public rely on these workers to keep them safe when they travel through Dublin Airport. Workers should not be made to work overtime and on their rest days if they cannot cope. They are calling for more staff and the Airport must provide the necessary back up.

"Dublin Airport must also be aware that the public are becoming sick and tired of its inability to run its business effectively. If there continues to be disputes at Dublin Airport, Ireland could begin to suffer as a tourist destination. It is in the interests of those who want to make a profit in the Airport to have an efficient, fairly paid and well-run staff and cutting corners on staff levels will ultimately serve nobody." ENDS

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