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Aer Lingus Management must accept Labour Court recommendations

4 August, 2006

Sinn Féin's spokesperson on Worker's Rights, Arthur Morgan TD has called upon Aer Lingus management to accept the Labour Courtrecommendations, designed to protect the terms and conditions of workers in the event of privatisation.

The Louth TD said: "In the year ending 2005 Aer Lingus made a pre-tax profit of €82.6 million with passenger numbers up 15.6% to eight million and 16 new routes, underlining the company's position as a viable, profitable and successful asset for the Irish people.

"The achievements of the company in recent years have been down to a dedicated workforce that has delivered time and again when called upon to do so. The 4 per cent increase recommended by the Labour Court, along with permanent contracts for hundreds of employees are necessary in the light of the proposed act of national vandalism by the Government in selling off the airline.

"If the short-sighted insanity that is the proposed privatisation of Aer Lingus goes ahead, the terms and conditions of the company's workers need to be protected. SIPTU has shown a willingness to compromise and accept the Labour Court's recommendations. It is time management accepted the Court's views and removed the uncertainty and doubt hanging over Aer Lingus employees."

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