Siptu Seeking Meeting With Lufthansa As Up To 180 Shannon Jobs Could Be Lost
As reported by The Irish Times, union officials are seeking a meeting with Lufthansa Technik Shannon following news that up to 180 jobs could be lost in a deal that will rescue the aircraft maintenance business.
Local player Atlantic Aviation Group reportedly confirmed on Tuesday October 12 that it was buying Lufthansa Technik Shannon in a deal likely to save 300 of 485 jobs at the German-owned company.
Siptu officials reportedly said on the evening of Tuesday October 12 that they were seeking "an urgent meeting" with Lufthansa Technik management about plans to make about 180 workers redundant.
Organiser Tony Carroll reportedly said that the union was "disappointed" at the scale of the proposed job losses.
Karan O'Loughlin, Siptu division organiser, reportedly said that all members had agreed to maintain operations at Lufthansa Technik through the pandemic and sale. She reportedly said that the union wanted to discuss the job losses and a way "to protect remaining employment terms and conditions" of its 350 members.
Difficult Day For Workers
Lufthansa reportedly began reviewing the business late last year after months of COVID-19 travel curbs, sparking fears the operation could close with the loss of all jobs.
Atlantic Aviation's purchase reportedly guarantees the future of about 300 jobs in Shannon.
Lufthansa Technik reportedly said that "approximately 180 posts" were at risk of redundancy.
The company reportedly hopes that most job redundancies can be secured voluntarily.
Pat Shine, chief executive of Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd, reportedly acknowledged that it was a difficult day for workers.
"Every option was explored, the priority being to protect the maximum number of jobs and the specialist experience of the Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd workforce," he reportedly added.
Shine reportedly explained that the sale to Atlantic Aviation, a company in the same business, presented itself as the most viable way of minimising job losses.
Shane O'Neill, Atlantic's chief executive, reportedly said that the business was proud to have saved 300 jobs for the region.
"We see the expertise and experience of the Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd team as being a hugely positive addition to our own expertise," O'Neill reportedly commented.
The deal reportedly makes Atlantic Aviation Group the biggest player in Irish aircraft maintenance, reportedly employing approximately 740 people at its bases in Shannon and Brize Norton in England.
Taking on Lufthansa workers will reportedly enable Atlantic to expand into work on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787 aircraft, adding to its existing specialities, according to O'Neill.
The company reportedly last year bought Flybe Aviation Services Ltd, which maintains cargo aircraft for the UK's Royal Air Force, at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire in England.
Formerly known as Transaero, Atlantic reportedly emerged from High Court protection in 2015 with an investment of €2.5 million from backer Patrick Jordan.
Existing clients reportedly include Ryanair, cargo specialist ASL Airlines, Star Air, Tui Group, Jet 2; and major aircraft lessors including Aer Cap, SMBC Aviation Capital, Aergo, and Avolon.
Regulators and Lufthansa Technik's supervisory board reportedly must approve the deal.
Mid-western groups reportedly welcomed confirmation that Atlantic's takeover would save 300 jobs.
Stephen Keogh, Shannon Chamber president, reportedly pointed out that Lufthansa Technik had provided valuable employment in the region since it was founded.
Mary Considine, chief executive of State company Shannon Group, reportedly congratulated Atlantic Aviation. She reportedly said that both companies were an important part of the Shannon free zone.
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