View Full Version : Aer Lingus employees revolting!

18th Jun 2001, 16:39
This entertaining little flyer is posted on notice boards at Dublin Airport. Apparently the staff are all turning socialist!

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">Monday June 18th, 8pm
Hawthorn HoteI, Main Street, Swords

STOP this Criminal Robbery

The government has finally come clean on its plans to ditch Aer Lingus.

Many residents in north Dublin work for Aer Lingus. Privatisation will inevitably mean job losses., with figures as high as 2000 job losses already being mentioned. These were secure, pensionable jobs. To lose them wouId be a big blow to many families in the area The idea of big compensation or redundancy offers is ruled out.

The only real solution for the government, as the major stakeholder, to invest in the airline. There is nothing to prevent them doing this except lack of political will. They must be stopped from committing this crime against the taxpayer and the workforce.

No Sell-Off of Aer Lingus

For secure jobs & conditions

This represents a very serious threat to the jobs and conditions of workers in the airline. It is nothing short of daylight robbery of one of the state’s prime assets. Aer Lingus workers, many of who were and still are disgracefully low paid, built this company in good and bad times. These efforts have ensured that Aer Lingus has an impeccable safety record and an international reputation second to none. Now they want to give it away.

Unfortunately there has been no real opposition to this announcement. SIPTU, IMPACT and the labour Party have all condemned the proposed trade sell-off but they have all argued instead for flotation. What’s the difference? Privatisation in any form always means an erosion of jobs and conditions. The disastrous flotation of Eircom is the best example of how a flotation will result in the fat cats getting their hands on a valuable asset that belongs to the country

No Flotation - no privatisation

The ESAT mobile phone license was sold to entrepreneur Dennis O'Brien for a knockdown price of 15 million. Three years later he sold the company and made a personal killing of 230 million. The same will happen with Aer Lingus, that’s what privatisation means. Robbing state assets to enrich private individuals the same individuals who fund the big political parties

Aer Lingus workers and the Irish taxpayer have invested too much work and money for this company to be off loaded to a greedy fat cat waiting in the wings to make a killing.

A massive propaganda campaign has been waged against the workforce by the media and the establishment political parties. They paint a picture of the workforce as unmanageable due to the industrial action taken against low pay. This is nonsense. Aer Lingus has a great name as a safe, quality service airline. It has the potential to be a great place to work, as it was in the past. This potential has been stifled by mismanagement. The Board of Management is made up of political appointees, with no expertise in how to run an airline. They should be removed.

The sell-off of Aer Lingus joins the long list of state assets that are being pilfered by the establishment political parties. Enough is enough, These people must be exposed and taken on. Come to the meeting. The ties and the propaganda will be
exposed and a clear outline given for how and why the airline must remain in state hands. Act now or this asset will be lost forever.

Meeting hosted by the Socialist Party public representatives Councillor Clare Daly (Aer Lingus shop steward) and Joe Higgins TD.

Mind you, some good points about political corruption in Ireland. Almost feel sorry for 'em.


18th Jun 2001, 19:18
Any ideas of the time and date of this meeting?

18th Jun 2001, 19:26
The title to the thread is going to upset the Paddies :)

18th Jun 2001, 19:51
No Ex-simguy, you're wrong. Calling them Paddies will though. Please reserve your idiotic comments for your close family and friends.

Hope it works out for the Lingus lads and lasses. There are a lot of good people over there that have given 100% to their jobs. Shame to see the company go down the tubes because of management politics.

19th Jun 2001, 00:41
It's a shame but history is littered with good people who gave 100% then had it all blown for them by poor management.

19th Jun 2001, 03:16
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">The only real solution for the government, as the major stakeholder, to invest in the airline. </font>

Aer Lingus doesn't need government investment. It needs the government to butt out, their lackies ousted, and a competent management team installed. The employees will do the rest.

19th Jun 2001, 04:04
Capt Sensible; couldn't aggree more... but sadly i don't see it happening. I spent the last 5 years with EI and whilst I enjoyed my time there due to the people i worked with i envisage bad times ahead for my former colleagues.

ExSimguy; I'm surprised to see such an outdated and bigoted comment particularly from someone who lists Anglican Church as an interest. An apology would be appropriate.