Unionized maintenance workers at Dublin airport are taking part in protests today to push for the government to guarantee new jobs there, the Irish Times reports.
300 potential new aircraft maintenance positions are in limbo as Ryanair pushes for access to Hangar Six, currently leased to Air Lingus, the story says.
The story quotes Jimmy Kelly, regional secretary of the Unite Irish union, as saying, “They should utilize any reasonable facilities offered, and locate these jobs in Ireland in the interests on the workers concerned and those Irish people who have played a part in building the company to what it is."
Kelly also points out that this is a chance to make up for jobs lost over the last year: “Twelve months ago the government could have saved 900 jobs at SR Technics for a level of investment that would have been equal to 12 months of social welfare payments. Now we have another chance to revive at least 300 of those jobs and possibly more."
You can read our coverage of SR Technics' decision to shutter the facility here and here.
Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary, Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller, Dublin Airport Authority chief executive Declan Collier and the chief executive of the IDA, Barry O’Leary, will appear before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport this afternoon to discuss the issue of Hangar Six, it says.