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Aer Lingus Will Sue SIPTU If Industrial Action Proceeds

Aer Lingus Will Sue SIPTU If Industrial Action Proceeds

Aer Lingus has warned that it will sue SIPTU, its officers, officials and members for not less than €2 million per day in potential losses if the union’s planned industrial action for next Monday goes ahead. The airline says that the row with the union over pensions does not constitute a trade dispute and that SIPTU is acting outside the protections set out in industrial relations legislation.

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Meanwhile, the Dublin Airport Authority yesterday was given High Court permission to seek an injunction on Friday against SIPTU to prevent any work stoppages. In an affidavit to the High Court, John McCormack, Group Head of Industrial Relations at Dublin Airport, said the closures would cause the DAA “irreparable and indeed immeasurable loss” and could expose it to sanctions by the aviation regulator.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, editor and proofreader for 53 years, and ITTN's News & Features Editor for 43 years. His travel blog is at www.thetravelbuddhist.com.

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