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Sinn Féin call for pay parity across the island

14 August, 2007

Sinn Féin South Antrim MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has today criticised the attempt by Aer Lingus to introduce different pay structures for staff based at its new hub in Belfast and offered support for industrial action being undertaken by the IMPACT trade union.

He said:

"Aer Lingus management has attempted to present the demand of their pilots for existing terms and conditions to be honoured no matter what base the airline operates from as unreasonable.

"Yet it is Aer Lingus that are being difficult and trying to undermine an agreed pay structures. The attempt by Aer Lingus management to create pay and conditions that are different for its workers based in the north will cause huge alarm across the island. Aer Lingus have a poor record in honouring agreed and negotiated pay agreements.

"Each and every member of society should be afforded a level playing field when it comes to workers rights on the island of Ireland regardless of job.

"An All-Ireland approach needs to be taken by the upper echelons of Aer Lingus. Just as Sinn Fein opposed a regional differential for the minimum wage we will also oppose any attempt by companies operating across the island of Ireland to put in place differentiated pay and working conditions.

"Common sense must prevail and Aer Lingus must stop its laissez faire attitude to pay conditions.

"I support the striking staff just like any other worker regardless of pay scales. Workers rights are paramount." ENDS

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