Clare’s Senators Call On Transport And Tourism Ministers To Address Shannon Cuts

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Clare’s Senators have united to call on the Ministers for Transport and Tourism to address proposed cost-cutting measures at Shannon Airport.

230 staff have this week been informed of a number of measures including temporary layoffs and voluntary redundancies, a move that has been described as “shocking” and “premature” by unions.


Shannon Group this week informed staff of a number of cost-saving proposals including temporary layoffs, reduced working hours, pay cuts, career breaks and a voluntary severance scheme, as part of efforts to safeguard the future of the airport.

But the three trade unions representing staff at Shannon; Forsa, Siptu, and Connect, have rejected the measures saying the move is both “shocking” and “premature”.

Assistant General Secretary with Forsa, Johnny Fox says staff are angry.

The matter was raised by Fianna Fáil TD Cathal Crowe and Independent TD Michael McNamara in the Dáil yesterday as well as in the Seanad by Clare’s three Senators.

Fianna Fáil’s newly-appointed Seanad spokesman on Transport, Timmy Dooley, has hit out at airport management, saying the move goes against the approach taken by many companies across the country to try to retain staff.

The Tulla-based Senator believes the approach being taken is not what’s needed during the COVID crisis.

Fine Gael’s Martin Conway and the Green’s Roisin Garvey also called for action on the Airport.