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Thursday January 01 1970

Workers' Forum: Aer Ligus Betrayal - UNIONS MUST ACT!

category clare | worker & community struggles and protests | event notice author Tuesday August 14, 2007 18:30author by Socialist Party - Socialist Partyauthor email info at socialistparty dot netauthor address Shannonauthor phone 086-8064801 Report this post to the editors

7:30 Thurdsday August 16th, Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon

-Workers Forum-

Government & Aer Lingus Betrayal

7:30 Thursday August 16th, Oakwood Arms Hotel, Shannon

Hosted by the Socialist Party
Come to the Workers' Forum!
Come to the Workers' Forum!

The decision of Aer Lingus management to axe the Shannon to Heathrow routes is a declaration of war on working conditions and jobs.

Like Irish Ferries, it shows what a disaster privatisation is and that bosses are intent on imposing a ‘race to the bottom’.

These routes are profitable. If this agenda of greed and maximizing profits is accepted it is clear there will be no end to the attacks on pay, and jobs and the living standards of Aer Lingus will be devastated.

Management’s attacks on the planned strike action of pilots, as endangering the company should be dismissed. Management are only concerned about a small number of shares holders and don’t give a damn about the workforce, the service or the needs of the wider community.

This is a black and white issue. On the one side you have hundreds of workers and their families in Shannon and Belfast and the whole community in the mid west and on the other you have the greed of the few that can’t be satisfied. It is vital that the plans of Aer Lingus management are defeated.

How can the plans be stopped?

The Aer Lingus workers have considerable power. They play a crucial role in a very profitable company. For years
the unions have prevented workers from using their power and management have successfully undermined jobs and

Now Aer Lingus workers have no alternative but to take action. The axing of Shannon and the proposals for Belfast
will give management a lever to attack all conditions and jobs. Workers must not accept union inaction or reliance on
alliances with local buisinesses.

IMPACT and the pilots association IALPA have called strike action for next week. Now all Aer Lingus workers
must insist that all unions take action next Tuesday and Wednesday to demand that all current services at
Shannon are maintained and that the expansion into Belfast goes ahead with all workers on the same pay and
conditions as current staff. A united approach should be taken with unions in the north.

It will not be possible to defeat management’s attack without causing disruption. Unions must not be apologetic about this but should fight to win the support of working class people for this struggle. If public demonstrations were organised to coincide with industrial action next week undoubtedly there would be a big response as there is deep opposition to ‘the race to the bottom’.

Given the position of Dermot Mannion and Aer Lingus it is unlikely that action next week alone will be enough to force a change of policy. Workers should be quickly prepared to escalate the action which would also put the government under intense pressure.

Come to our Workers Forum, Thursday at 7:30 in the Oakwood Arms Hote


Socialist Party Says:
 Maintain Aer Lingus’s Shannon to Heathrow routes.
 Expand Aer Lingus operations to Belfast and employ staff directly on the same terms, conditions and pay as currently operate in the company
 United strike action next week of all Aer Lingus workers as the start of a campaign of industrial action to halt management’s attacks
 End the private ownership of Aer Lingus. Run Aer Lingus on the basis of democratic public ownership, which is
the only way to guarantee decent pay and conditions and ensure people get the services they need

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author by John mcDermott - www.fiannafailparty.bizpublication date Wed Aug 15, 2007 09:14author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I fail to see why the huge fuss over Aer Lingus managment's move to Belfast when Shannon is superbly serviced by Michael O'Leary's Ryanair,which includes three London Airports in their extensive destination menu.
The hue and cry brigade would do better to look instead at
The damage that the Fianna fail government have stored up for the nation and it's economy ,while buying their way back into power. They have created a two tier work force; those in private enterprise whose wages -and very jobs-depend on market conditions; and a huge elite of overpaid, public sector, unionized workers in safe pensionable jobs, will have untold consequences as the boom turns to burst in the coming years.
Aer Lingus is a glaring example of the 'have your cake and eat it' policy, of pork barrel politics.Fianna Fail were re-elected and now we begin to live with the consequences.
Ireland is clearly a nation of daily increasing stealth taxes to pay for ever worsening public services (Health etc). She needed a stout hearted Margareth Thatcher at the helm to control public spending and unions alike.She got Bert Ahern instead.
For now- and the foreseeable future-SIPTU, IMPACT,and the IFA still rule OK!

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author by ttampublication date Wed Aug 15, 2007 15:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Now we know what that handshake was about.

You're welcome Bigfellah!
You're welcome Bigfellah!

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