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McDonald seeks Dáil debate on Aer Lingus crisis

26 November, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has today sought a Dáil debate on the growing pension’s crisis and potential industrial action in Aer Lingus.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Government inaction on the pension’s crisis in Aer Lingus, a company it holds a major state in, is completely unacceptable. Public interest directors sit on the board and are supposed to do what their title says on the tin, yet what exactly what action they are advocating for remains a mystery. I’ve sought a Dáil debate in an effort to get some clarity on what exactly the government’s position is with regards to the pension deficit, the treatment of deferred pensioners and the potential industrial action.

“Of particular concern is management’s proposed treatment of deferred pensioners within current funding proposals. This catchment of former workers have no union representation at negotiations and this is perhaps just one reason why they are to receive just one quarter of the funds pledged by Aer Lingus, despite numbering more than 30 per cent of the current workforce. Under the current proposals deferred members are set to lose between 45 and 55 per cent of their expected pension in payment.

“Time and again Government Ministers only contribution to the pensions crises facing the states commercial companies is to grumpily bark from the side lines on the national airwaves. This is just not good enough. These companies are of strategic importance to the citizens of this state. Government Ministers are responsible for protecting the public interest and that includes the rights of workers in these companies.”

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