Cork Airport staff briefed on cost-cutting measures: Reduced working hours and voluntary redundancies

Cork Airport staff briefed on cost-cutting measures: Reduced working hours and voluntary redundancies
The interior of Cork Airport

STAFF working with Aer Lingus and at Cork Airport have been briefed as the airline and the airport authority separately look to make reductions to their cost bases.

Passenger numbers at Cork Airport are currently down by more than 99 per cent compared to the same month last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, Aer Lingus confirmed it is communicating with its staff on cost-cutting measures.

It is reported the company is to reduce rosters and pay for cabin crew based in Cork from 50 per cent of their normal salary to 30 per cent for July and August.

In a statement a spokesperson for Aer Lingus said: “Throughout this crisis Aer Lingus has been communicating directly with our employees. 

"This week we are communicating with our employees on an individual level as we align working hours and pay with the amount of work that needs to be done.” 

The spokesperson added: “We have also been engaging with the representative bodies on an ongoing basis regarding the urgent requirement to reduce costs across our business given the decimation in demand for travel in the immediate term and the uncertainty regarding future travel demand thereafter.” 

Forsa trade union, which represents cabin crew and other grades at Aer Lingus, has said the cost-cutting measures announced by the company are not agreed with the union and said it would be consulting with its members at the airline.

“Fórsa recognises that we are facing the most significant crisis for the entire Irish aviation industry in a generation, with the potential to adversely affect the commercial connectivity of the country.

“Fórsa maintains that there is some time remaining to explore and negotiate available options while unprecedented support from the State remains in place until 21st June,” the union said in a statement.

Meanwhile, staff members at Cork airport have been briefed about cost cutting measures being implemented by the airport authority, the DAA.

Last week, the DAA informed staff at the airport that it would be introducing cost reduction measures to address the economic crisis that is affecting businesses throughout the aviation sector including a voluntary severance scheme.

In a communication issued to employees this week, seen by The Echo, staff were informed of three options available to them, depending on the length of service they had with the company, including taking a career break, reduced hours working and the voluntary severance scheme.

The company said it would be communicating with staff eligible for the severance package later this week with an estimate of the value of the package.

The DAA said it would also be introducing new ways of working across the business including moving towards a team based model.

Staff at Cork Airport were told greater flexibility would be needed around their work locations.

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