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Union agrees to co-operate with Aer Lingus pensions investigation

However, Siptu said the planned St Patrick’s weekend strike has not been called off.

Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

MEMBERS OF SIPTU involved in the pensions dispute at Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) have agreed to co-operate with an investigation by an expert panel into the long-running row.

However, the planned St Patrick’s weekend strike will still go ahead, the union said.

The industrial action was announced last week, and will take place at Dublin, Cork, and Shannon airports following a breakdown of talks regarding the €700 million deficit in the workers’ pension fund.

A four-person expert panel was appointed by the Department of Transport to investigate the on-going row.

It confirmed yesterday that an expert panel will “carry out an urgent investigation of how a final resolution of the industrial relations issues relating to the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS) can be secured”.

In a statement this afternoon, Siptu sector organiser Dermot O’Loughlin said that the appointment of an expert panel was “very much welcomed”.

SIPTU representatives will enter into discussions with the expert panel over the coming weeks with the aim of finding a resolution to this dispute.

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