Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Timmy Dooley TD, has welcomed the announcement that proposed industrial action by SIPTU workers at Aer Lingus and the DAA in Dublin Airport has been called off but urged the Minister for Transport to take an active role in ensuring the despite is resolved.
“Minister Leo Varadkar needs to take control and ensure that the threat of strike at Aer Lingus is not just postponed but removed,” said Deputy Dooley.
“We have seen the LRC asking SIPTU, the DAA and Aer Lingus to engage in talks to prevent Monday’s planned industrial action. This seems to have worked but the apparent lack of interest from the Minister is worrying.
“Ireland cannot afford a strike like this. Along with the financial implications for the employers, the local and national economy, such disruption impacting on international visitors at a time when we are investing major resources in promoting tourism would be very damaging for the country’s reputation.
“This process has dragged on for far too long. Has the Minister made a concerted effort to meet both sides? No one is disputing this is a complicated situation but the longer this drags on the tougher it will be to resolve amicably.”