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Thread: Aer Lingus Take Out Injunction and Sue SIPTU Over Planned Industrial Action - a Threat to Basic Rights ?

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    Default Aer Lingus Take Out Injunction and Sue SIPTU Over Planned Industrial Action - a Threat to Basic Rights ?

    Aer Lingus successfully applied to the High Court for an injunction against SIPTU on Wednesday. SIPTU had served notice of intention to strike over pensions.

    The injunction was granted until such time as the Court hears Aer Lingus' and SIPTUs arguments in full.

    Aer Lingus is now suing not only SIPTU but also one of its officers most involved with the pensions issue, for millions in losses due to cancelled fares and for "conspiracy". Categorising union activity as "conspiracy" is redolent of the "Enemy Within" Thatcherite legislation that was an essential element of neo-liberal economic change in the last 30 + years.

    Irish Trade Union rights are already highly constricted: we are far from the days when an "injury to one is an injury to all", when effective pickets and solidarity between unions made strikes potentially a powerful way of getting greater economic equality.

    One of Aer Lingus's arguments is that only SIPTU members directly affected by the pensions issue were entitled to take any action.

    If this action succeeds, will it be the end of any effective trade unions in Ireland ?

    How can Unions recover their organisational strength and legal rights ?
    “ We cannot withdraw our cards from the game. Were we as silent and mute as stones, our very passivity would be an act. ”
    — Jean-Paul Sartre

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    Default Re: Aer Lingus Take Out Injunction and Sue SIPTU Over Planned Industrial Action - a Threat to Basic Rights ?

    Aer Lingus are now suing Siptu for having the nerve to run a strike ballot, thus exposing the airline to various strike-breaking costs.

    Siptu have said they will "resist" these proceedings. How nice.

    Siptu should have issued a down-tools instruction to all members in Dublin Airport the minute Aer Lingus issued the threat. Of course, Jack O'Connoer would not even have dreamed of doing that.

    Bob Crow would have.

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    Default Re: Aer Lingus Take Out Injunction and Sue SIPTU Over Planned Industrial Action - a Threat to Basic Rights ?

    Leo is busy today. It appears that he's told Aer Lingus that it should not be taking legal action against SIPTU.

    Leo Varadkar said an expert group has been appointed to help find a solution to the problem and everyone needs to engage with this group.He said "Well I don't think Aer Lingus suing SIPTU or anyone is helpful.
    "An expert group has now been appointed to help find a solution to the problem at the airport.
    "At this stage I don't think there should be any strike threats, any strike ballots and nobody should be suing anyone. Let's knuckle down now to finding a solution to this problem."
    Speaking this morning, he said SIPTU and the other unions should withdraw any threat of strike action and should not proceed with any balloting of their members.
    He repeated his belief that Aer Lingus suing SIPTU or any individuals is unhelpful.
    He said a solution needs to be found
    He said: "I think Aer Lingus should suspend their legal action and I think SIPTU and the other unions should withdraw any strike threat and decide not to proceed with any balloting.
    http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2014...-lingus-siptu/
    Last edited by PaddyJoe; 20-03-2014 at 12:56 PM.

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