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Crowe calls on Cullen to intervene in Aer Lingus dispute

22 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Transport Spokesperson Seán Crowe TD speaking in Leinster house today called on Transport Minister Martin Cullen to intervene in the Aer Lingus dispute which he said would be in the national interest.

Speaking to a priority question to the Minister in the Dáil Deputy Crowe said, "Four months after an agreement was brokered between Aer Lingus unions and management and overseen by the Taoiseach and Minister Cullen the agreement lies in pieces. Minister Cullen needs to intervene immediately in this dispute as it is a dispute that can be resolved through the normal labour relations model.

"This agreement was based on the promise that no new work practices would be introduced without consultation of agreement. Acceptable labour practices have been ignored by management when they introduced inferior contracts for new workers without any real consultation or agreement on the first of February. New contracts for existing workers are proposed for the first of March.

"Minister Cullen must intervene in the national interest as any strike at Aer Lingus will inevitably lead to damage to the company, the travelling public, the economy and the credibility of any future partnership process." ENDS

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