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Mc Laughlin welcomes Aer Lingus dialogue

20 August, 2007

Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Mitchell McLaughlin has welcomed the unconditional dialogue planned for Aer Lingus officials and pilots facilitated by the Labour Relations Commission and has re-iterated his call for pay parity on the island of Island.

He said,

"This common sense approach by Aer Lingus officionarios opens the door for a resolution to this issue. I have previously stated that my party is critical of the attempt by Aer Lingus to introduce different pay structures for staff based at its new hub in Belfast.

"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.

"The attempt by Aer Lingus management to create pay and conditions that are different for its workers based in the north caused huge alarm across the island.

"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 continue to support these staff members just like any other worker regardless of pay scales. Workers rights are paramount." Críoch

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