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Crowe calls on Aer Lingus management to end their game of brinkmanship and to negotiate with workers

23 October, 2003


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Seán Crowe TD has expressed his support for striking workers at Aer Lingus and called on the airline's management to "end its game of brinkmanship and to start negotiating with their workers instead of prolonging industrial action by their intransigent and inflammatory actions."

The Dublin South-West TD said:

"Aer Lingus have refused to pay two pay rises due under social partnership agreements to the very workers who have turned this company around from a loss maker in 2001 to a profit of €35.3 million last year and which is on course for increased profits this year. Workers in Aer Lingus made huge sacrifices for the company to keep it afloat, including accepting pay freezes and redundancies.

"Aer Lingus have until the 27th to see reason and deliver the pay increase these men and women have worked for and certainly deserve. They have delivered for our national airline, now it's time for their efforts to be rewarded. I would call on the Management of Aer Lingus to end its game of brinkmanship and to start negotiating with their workers instead of prolonging industrial action by their intransigent and inflammatory actions." ENDS

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