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Government must act to secure rights of Galway Airport workers

7 February, 2012

Peadar Tóibín, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has called on the government to act to secure the rights of workers at Galway Regional Airport who are engaged in a sit-in to secure their full redundancy packages.

Deputy Tóibín said Transport Minister Leo Varadkar’s decision to reduce support for regional airports undermined the business case for Galway airport and put jobs at risk.

He said:

“Yet again we have a dispute with workers forced into a sit-in in order to secure their rights to redundancy.

“It appears that despite workers having preferential status as creditors, the Bank of Ireland, of which the government is a major share-holder, moved to secure its loans leaving the workers without their full redundancy package.

“It should be remembered that this airport is a vital part of the regional infrastructure.

“The decision by Leo Varadkar to reduce support to regional airports further undermined the business case for the airport ultimately leading to its closure.

“It is imperative that the government acts to secure the rights of workers and to invest to secure and create jobs across the state.” ENDS

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