Talks Aim To Resolve Air Traffic Control Dispute

Fresh talks to resolve a dispute between air traffic controllers and the Irish Aviation Authority are due to recommence today.

The two sides, which met for talks at the Labour Relations Commission last week, will be holding face-to-face discussions over the coming days in an effort to resolve the dispute by Friday.

In an effort to facilitate discussions an unofficial workers' protest against overtime has been suspended temporarily until then.

Staff claim the refusal to engage in overtime came as a response to what they said were chronic staff shortages in the Air Traffic Control service at Dublin Airport.

They said that no new controllers have been recruited since 2001, leading to a system dependent on overtime.

Some 30 flights into and out of Dublin Airport were cancelled last Friday following the protest.

After last Friday's talks, Impact said "significant progress" had been achieved in LRC talks.

"Impact trade union are tonight talking with air traffic controllers and urging them to make themselves available for overtime on a voluntary basis, as has been customary practice.

"Impact have told air traffic controllers that this is crucial to the facilitation of talks with the IAA."

Discussions start at the Labour Relations Commission today.


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