Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party

spotAnti-capitalism

spotAnti-privatisation

spotAnti-war

spotElection campaigns

spotEnvironment

spotHealth

spotSocialist women

spotWorkplace

spotYouth and Students

All keywords


Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Workplace and TU campaigns keywords:

35-hour week (19)

Aer Lingus (6)

Agency workers (46)

Airport (44)

Amicus (53)

Anti-union laws (63)

Argos (13)

Aslef (76)

AUT (7)

Axiom (3)

BAA (3)

BBC (158)

Besna (17)

Bin workers (56)

Blacklisting (94)

Bloc (3)

BMW (26)

Bosch (2)

British Airways (75)

BT (46)

Burslem 12 (9)

Bus workers (69)

Cadbury (6)

Cadbury-Schweppes (3)

Call Centres (16)

Car workers (40)

Care worker (11)

Care workers (63)

Civil Service (178)

Classroom assistants (8)

Cleaners (114)

Clyde (1)

Coastguards (7)

Compulsory redundancy (8)

Construction (222)

Construction workers (151)

Corus (37)

Council workers (131)

Crossrail (10)

CWU (309)

Dockers (22)

Docks (8)

Drivers (173)

DVLA (16)

DWP (152)

Electricians (65)

EPIU (3)

facility time (9)

FBU (214)

Fiddlers Ferry (9)

Firefighters (201)

Ford (94)

Fujitsu (14)

Gate Gourmet (7)

General Motors (11)

Glaxo Smith Kline (1)

GMB (204)

Health and safety (73)

Heinz (6)

Honda (8)

Jaguar (16)

Jane Norman (1)

Jarvis (9)

JCB (15)

JIB (7)

JJB Sports (4)

Jobcentre (49)

Jobs (1327)

Journalists (69)

Lecturers (78)

Linamar (40)

Lindsey (39)

Lindsey Oil Refinery (26)

Local government (213)

London underground (140)

LOR (12)

Lucas Aerospace (2)

Manufacturing (47)

Metro (36)

Metronet (13)

Milford Haven (8)

Miners (156)

Ministry of Justice (12)

NASUWT (47)

Natfhe (10)

National Grid (2)

NUJ (59)

Nurses (118)

NUT (343)

Oilc (4)

Outsourcing (39)

PCS (791)

People's Charter (1)

Peugeot (8)

Pfizer (7)

POA (79)

Port workers (4)

Postal dispute (25)

Postal workers (136)

Printers (1)

Prison officers (46)

Railworkers (9)

RCN (23)

Redundancies (105)

Redundancy (26)

Refinery (36)

Refuse workers (16)

Remploy (49)

Reps (45)

RMT (642)

Rover (31)

Saltend (18)

Seafarers (8)

Shelter (34)

Shipyard (3)

Shop Stewards (219)

Siemens (3)

Single status (29)

Sita (6)

Social workers (13)

Sodexo (7)

Stagecoach (15)

Staythorpe (1)

Steel (83)

Strike (2676)

Sunday trading (1)

Superdrug (3)

Supermarket (27)

Teachers (430)

Textile (7)

TGWU (56)

Thomas Cook (3)

Total (15)

Toyota (1)

Trade union (502)

Trade Union Freedom Bill (4)

Trade unions (345)

Train drivers (28)

TSSA (45)

Tube Lines (5)

Tube workers (46)

Tubelines (3)

Twinings (2)

UCATT (29)

UCU (153)

Unfair dismissal (14)

Unions (852)

Unison (903)

Unison witchhunt (5)

Unite (722)

Usdaw (90)

Vauxhall (42)

Vestas (24)

Visteon (90)

Volkswagen (7)

Waterford Crystal (1)

Wedgwood (1)

Whipps Cross (61)

Zero-hour contracts (146)


Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1235)

Anti-fascist (561)

Anti-racism (701)

Anti-war (1487)

Asylum (209)

Black and Asian (391)

Children (372)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (200)

Education (3889)

Election campaigns (2440)

Environment (603)

EU (449)

Finance (99)

Food (270)

Health and safety (33)

Health and welfare (311)

Housing (1025)

Human Rights (379)

LGBT Pride (141)

Local government (2169)

Local services (3643)

Low pay (506)

Migration (56)

Nationalisation (145)

New workers party (467)

NHS (1832)

Pensions (700)

Post Office (222)

Poverty (571)

Privatisation (1014)

Public Services (1125)

Socialism (867)

Socialist (43)

Sport (195)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (89)

Students (1813)

The state (1366)

Transport (547)

TUSC (997)

Welfare rights (710)

Women (758)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8233)

Youth (1957)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 553, 22 October 2008: ‘Why not save our jobs?’

Search site for keywords: Aer Lingus - Airport - Clare Daly

Aer Lingus threatens to axe 1,500 posts

Defend decent jobs and conditions. Renationalise the airline

AER LINGUS* management has announced a vicious cull of quality jobs in Dublin, Cork and Shannon under the guise that they need to cut costs to survive. This is a total scam.

Clare Daly, Socialist Party councillor, Dublin (CWI, Ireland)

Over the past ten years, Aer Lingus made €275 million profits. In the first half of this year, revenue and passenger numbers in the company rose by 10%, while staff costs per passenger only rose by 1%.

Profits, however, have been squeezed by the rise in the price of oil (now falling), with a 50% hike in the company's fuel bill leading to a projected loss of €23 million in 2008. This and this alone has led to the company's projected losses.

The price of oil is affecting all sectors of the industry and the economy, but for a company with over €800 million in cash reserves, it's hardly a crisis. Instead, it's a convenient cover for a massive attack on jobs and working conditions, which has been underway over a number of years. This is the race to the bottom - it is Irish Ferries part two [see articles in The Socialist, December 2005].

It is the chance to replace (relatively) decent, permanent, pensionable jobs with insecure, minimum wage, contract employment. The jobs are all necessary; the airline will continue to grow, as air travel remains the key mode of international transport. People will have to get food on the planes, get checked in, have their bags loaded, and the planes need to be cleaned.

The only thing that will be different is the terms and conditions of those doing the work, which they want to outsource to low wage employers so that the shareholders who were given this company for nothing can pocket an even greater share of the profits.

This is robbery. Over the past ten years Aer Lingus workers have secured hundreds of millions in profits. Productivity has increased by 340%, vicious cost cutting programmes have already been implemented. But it's never enough. This is corporate greed, for which the government is responsible, due to privatisation of the airline [in 2006].

Now, as a result, over 1,000 jobs are threatened on Dublin's Northside, and hundreds more in Cork and Shannon. Shannon is being decimated.

This is no crisis, it is a deliberate ploy, which started with the axing of the Heathrow route from Shannon last year.

Gone is the role of a national airline, which played a key role in regional development. Now it's all about profit and to hell with the workers who built the airline over 70 years.

Where's the government intervention to protect these jobs? The privatisation of Aer Lingus has been a disaster. The government should immediately renationalise the company and only pay out compensation on the basis of proven need.

Enough is enough. If they get away with this, it is the end of decency in employment at the airport. The airport authorities will follow suit. A secure permanent job with decent pay and conditions will be a thing of the past. It's time to make a stand.

The Socialist Party fully supports Aer Lingus workers' defence of their jobs and calls on all other workers in unions and in the communities to mobilise to stop the race to the bottom.

  • Ireland's major airline - 29.4% owned by Ryanair and 25.4% owned by the Irish government.





  • Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

    Printable version Printable version

    Facebook   Twitter

    Related links:

    Aer Lingus:

    triangleHeathrow expansion exposes Tory divisions

    triangleMessage of support for striking BA workers from Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins:

    triangleWhere is the BA cabin crew dispute going?

    triangleBritish Airways cabin crew joint branch meeting

    Airport:

    triangleThe Socialist inbox

    triangleBA poverty pay dispute enters new phase of action

    triangleWorkers warned boss of tech failure danger

    triangleIndia: struggle against land grab in Pune

    Clare Daly:

    triangleClare Daly resignation from Socialist Party Ireland