Airline warned against outsourcing


The country’s largest union Siptu has warned Aer Lingus management it would fight tooth and nail any outsourcing plan.

The company announced last month it was reviewing operating costs after reporting losses of 22 million euro for the first half of the year. There is widespread speculation the airline will axe more than 1,000 ground staff jobs in Dublin, Cork and Shannon by outsourcing baggage handling, cargo operations and check-in facilities.

Siptu national industrial secretary Gerry McCormack said the union reiterated its staunch opposition to any plans which could result in job losses. “We told them that if they were to go down the route of outsourcing, we would be totally opposed to it,” he said.