Siptu has turned down a 3.5 per cent pay rise for its DAA members as tensions rise in industrial relations at Dublin Airport. The union is demanding a 7 percent increase for staff and wants immediate “face-to-face salary negotiations”.
AA said it will continue to work with all of its unions before determining how to proceed.
The pay break comes as a war of words erupted over a series of separate pay issues. Siptu defended a press release issued two weeks ago in which DAA staff said they had “no confidence in their management and have begun preparations for electing union members for industrial action”.
DAA complained to the union about the press release, blaming the issue on poor communication with its bank. A spokesman for the company also rejected the union criticism in a statement to the Sunday independent.
But Siptu official Karan O Loughlin amplified the criticism, writing to Brendan O’Hanlon, DAA chief of labor relations, to defend the union’s right to publicly denounce pay issues.
“While we could accept that there was a communication error with the bank on the day in question, we could probably get over it if it were a one-off issue, but it is not,” O Loughlin wrote. “I’ve been told that there’s no such day as a payday when all wages are correct, so this issue with the bank was just another example of the ongoing payroll issues that plague the DAA and wreak havoc on our members.”
O Loughlin claimed it was “fundamentally disrespectful to the DAA not to have resolution of this issue at the top of its agenda.” She said it was “incredible” that employees “were not being paid when they were supposed to be and are continually being paid incorrectly.”
“This has led to defaults and paid off debts for our members by overpaying and repaying them. The question is whether the DAA has so little contact with its workforce that it doesn’t understand what it means for workers when they fall behind on their wages and the financial strain and difficulties that result,” she says
However, a DAA spokesman called on the union to withdraw its threat of industrial action, stressing that wage issues had been and continue to be a top priority.
He acknowledged that two weeks ago employees were paid “a little later in the day than normal”.
“This was the first time in 16 years that such a timing anomaly had occurred. This week’s fortnightly transfer was processed on time as usual,” he said.
Management had already apologized “for any unnecessary stress or inconvenience” caused by the temporary delay, adding that it was a completely different issue than disruptions caused by a cyberattack on its systems in December 2021.
“Management have been in regular and frequent contact with all our union partners as we worked through the issues caused by this outage and the resulting manual processes that were necessarily introduced at a time of rapidly accelerating international travel with hundreds of new employees entering the business as a result said the DAA spokesman.
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