Dáil debates

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna - Questions

Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements

4:05 pm

Photo of Mick BarryMick Barry (Cork North Central, Solidarity) | Oireachtas source

Some employers are using the pandemic to launch a one-sided class war against their workforce. One such employer is Aer Lingus. It has given its workers a deadline of today to respond to proposals which include, a five-year pay freeze, pay cuts, lower starting rates for new staff, cuts to duty allowances, cuts to sick pay arrangements and more. For those who are interested in knowing what more is involved I have posted the details on my Twitter account. These proposals are shocking. They are unacceptable and they would set a terrible precedent for trade unionists throughout the country and beyond. I sincerely hope the workers resist them. I want to know what the Government, which provides Aer Lingus with State support through the EWSS, intends to do to protect these workers and to prevent assaults of this type on living standards.


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