May 28, 2007

Dublin airport terminal row is resolved

A row over the relocation of a new basement check-in area at Dublin airport has been resolved. Aer Lingus baggage loaders had refused to move to the new zone, known as Area 14, arguing that their working conditions would be diminished. They had sought an extra €1000 a year each in compensation.

Aer Lingus refused to pay any compensation and threatened to suspend loaders who failed to relocate today.

After five hours of meetings between Chief Executive Dermot Mannion and staff, an agreement was reached where the loaders will begin operations in Area 14 tonight but will receive no financial compensation.

A review process will be set up to monitor any staff concerns regarding health and safety.

From this evening, all Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to the UK will check in through Area 14 and ultimately long-haul flights will also be processed there.

The first flight to depart from the new zone will be flight 192 to Heathrow departing at 8.15pm tonight.

Source: RTE News

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