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Talks about airport workers' pensions 'moving to more intensive phase'

This follows the halting of a strike that was planned for last Friday.
Mar 19th 2014, 6:07 PM 5,604 16

AN EXPERT PANEL set up to examine how a resolution can be reached in the pensions dispute at various airports, has said discussions are now moving to a more intensive phase.

Last week the High Court granted an injunction to Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to halt the planned closure of airports across the country on the Friday of the St Patrick’s Day weekend.

Unions had planned a strike for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports over the row about a €700 million hole in the employee pension fund.

The panel said today that a series of initial meetings has been held with DAA, Aer Lingus and the trade unions involved. “These discussions are now moving to a more intensive phase,” it said in a statement.

It also said arrangement are being finalised for meetings with other relevant stakeholders.

The panel said that arising from its terms of reference, it is continuing on the preparation of a preliminary report to two government departments and the unions by the end of this month.

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