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Aer Lingus sell means pay day for Executives and job losses for workers - Ellis

29 January, 2015 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin Transport spokesperson Dessie Ellis TD has said today that the sell-off of Aer Lingus would result in major job losses for ordinary workers and a pay day for executives. He made his comments following a hearing on the future of Aer Lingus at the Oireachtas Transport Committee which had been requested by him last week.

Deputy Ellis said;

"Today we met with representatives of workers in Aer Lingus and they have very real concerns for the future of many of the jobs of those they represent. The reality is that in any merger especially with such a large company as IAG there will always be positions which are no longer required due to duplication of roles. This has certainly been the case in the history of IAG. These jobs losses will be a problem for the workers themselves but also for the state who will lose tax revenue and have to pay jobseekers allowance as well as reskilling to help those workers find new employment.

“Following years of unemployment being an absolute scourge on our country to put at risk more jobs is completely wrong.

“CRC the representative body for trade unions at Aer Lingus say they envisage 1200 job losses. To meet the basic entitlements in terms of job seekers payments owed to these workers would cost the state 8 million euro. That is at a very minimum. It is possible Aer Lingus could be cut even further and there is no guarantee that more positions will be moved out of Ireland and workers forced to emigrate. Since IAG took over the Iberia airline they have incurred 4,500 job losses.

“There is far too much to lose by selling off Aer Lingus. We will lose the certainty and connectivity we get from a national airline for our small island nation. We will lose jobs and ultimately it is likely we will lose Aer Lingus completely."


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