August 3rd: Unite today announced that pickets have been lifted at Waterford Regional Airport following the conclusion of talks with management yesterday afternoon which resulted in resolution of the dispute.
Five of the union’s twelve members at the airport will receive a voluntary redundancy package, while the remaining seven workers will have their hours raised to 33, the same as supervisory grades. The discrepancy between the hours cuts unilaterally inflicted on the grades represented by Unite – whose hours were cut from 39 to 21 – and supervisors was one of the issues in dispute.
Other outstanding issues are being referred to the Workplace Relations Commission.
Commenting, Unite Regional Officer Tony Kelly said:
“It is thanks to the determined action by our members that management came to the table and a resolution of this dispute was achieved. The task now faced by management is to chart a sustainable path forward for Waterford Regional Airport.
“Unite and our members at Waterford Airport would like to thank everyone who supported us during this dispute”, Tony Kelly concluded.