Friday, March 07 14:31:50
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) will seek a High Court injunction against Siptu's planned strike action that threatens air transport chaos over the St Patrick's weekend at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports.
The DAA said it had no choice but to take legal action after the trade union declined to "respond positively" to two separate communications calling on it to lift the threat of industrial action in a row over pensions.
Siptu is planning a four- hour work stoppage at the three airports from 5am to 9am on Friday next.
The follows the breakdown of talks between Aer Lingus and union representatives aimed at resolving a dispute over workers' pensions.
In a statement, the DAA said it was seeking an injunction on the basis that the proposed action by Siptu was unlawful, as it is contrary to the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act.
It said the union only balloted a portion of its membership and that the planned work stoppage is contrary to existing agreements between the company and the 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 the strike action by Siptu and to keep its airports fully operational, it added.
"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," it said.