07 March 2014
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) confirms that it has been granted leave by the High Court to seek an injunction against SIPTU directing the union to withdraw its notice of planned industrial action at Dublin and Cork airports on Friday, March 14.
DAA had no choice but to take this step, after SIPTU failed to respond positively to two separate communications requiring the threat of industrial action to be lifted.
DAA is seeking an injunction on the basis that the proposed action by SIPTU is unlawful, as it is contrary to the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act. SIPTU only balloted a portion of its membership on the proposal and the planned work stoppages are also contrary to existing agreements between the company and the trade union.
SIPTU’s threatened industrial action is unwarranted and has already caused significant inconvenience for DAA’s airline customers and passengers at Dublin and Cork airports.
DAA intends to pursue all avenues at its disposal to avert this action by SIPTU and to keep its airports fully operational. DAA remains committed to a fair and sustainable resolution of the pension issue and believes that all parties should engage with the Government-sponsored Expert Panel without the unnecessary threat of industrial action.
DAA apologises to its customers for the uncertainty and inconvenience that SIPTU’s action has caused and will continue to keep passengers informed of developments in the coming days.
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