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SR Technics employees must be kept with Aer Lingus

18 January, 2008

Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson on Workers' Rights Arthur Morgan has called on Aer Lingus to ensure that any decision to change the maintenance contract with SR Technics, in preference for in house maintenance, does not result in a loss of jobs.

Morgan said, "This whole episode exposes the problem with Aer Lingus being privatised - a decision is being made now that has the potential to make 1,500 people unemployed and the Government is powerless to stop it.

"SR Technics was originally 'Team Aer Lingus' and during the controversial decision to outsource maintenance contracts, the 1,500 staff were given letters of 'comfort' about their job security. It is not acceptable now that their jobs are at risk.

"Whoever holds the contract, these workers are qualified to do the job and should not be cast aside by Aer Lingus, as they were when the contract was handed away in 1990.

"I would echo SIPTU's call for corporate responsibility from Aer Lingus." ENDS

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