Airport staff working for the daa, the company which operates Cork and Dublin airports, have been told that their pay could be cut to 60 per cent after September 26th.
The daa Chief Executive Dalton Philips briefed staff today ahead of a ballot on proposals for a restructuring programme at the company.
Mr Philips said that whatever the outcome of the ballot, that they will “live with the consequences” and move on.
In an internal briefing video, staff were told that in areas where new structures and new ways of work are implemented, there will be a commitment not to reduce pay below 80 per cent until January 2021.
He said their desire would be to get people back up to 100 per cent.
However, in areas where new ways of working are not adopted, wages will be reduced to 60 per cent as a consequence of having “too many people and not enough work.”
He added: "So we will have to go to a three-day week because the traffic just doesn't support anything more than a three day week.”
Staff are to ballotted on proposals for restructuring from tomorrow and the process will continue until September 18th.
Mr Phillips also highlighted that traffic is down about 90 per cent in Cork versus last year.