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Sinn Féin pledges continued support following meeting with IMPACT

29 August, 2007

Following this afternoons meeting with senior members of IMPACT and the
IALPA Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh and Cllr. Daithí Doolan have pledged
the party’s continued support of the union in its fight to secure
harmonised terms and conditions for Aer Lingus workers.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“During this afternoons meeting we were given a full update on the
current Labour Court proceedings and a series of actions that IMPACT
intend initiating over the coming weeks.

“One such action will be Labour Party’s Private Members Bill due before
the house on September 26th and the corresponding mobilisation outside
Leinster House, both of which Sinn Féin will support.

“We have serious concerns regarding Aer Lingus management bullying
tactics which were outlined to us during the meeting.

“Shockingly it has been revealed that Aer Lingus management intend to
dictate to its Belfast workers what trade union they can join.

Cllr. Doolan added:

“Airline workers based in the 26-counties seeking to transfer to Belfast
will have to resign from their current positions and reapply for their
jobs. Refusing to harmonise workers terms and conditions across the
island inline with existing pay rates is unacceptable and goes against
the spirit of the All-Ireland agenda.

“It was also made known to the party trade union department delegation
that during today’s Labour Court discussions Aer Lingus management
declared that they no longer have to consult with trade unions or its
workers when making key decisions.

“To flout the recommendations made earlier this year in the Flynn Report
so starkly with regard to employee and trade union consultation
illustrates the company’s lack of commitment to the both the country’s
strategic interests and indeed its own workforce.

“Sinn Féin will continue to work closely with the Trade Union movement
on this critical issue.” CRíOCH

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