European candidate for Ireland South Deirdre Clune has called on SIPTU to call off Industrial action which is set to take place between 5am and 9am next Friday and promises to cause major disruption at Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports.
“The actions of SIPTU in choosing this weekend to strike are cynical and unhelpful in the extreme. St Patrick’s weekend is a time for Ireland to showcase the best of our tourism product for the summer season ahead. Our hotels, restaurants and tourism related interests from Clare to Kerry to Cork and beyond are just finding their feet and will not thank SIPTUmanagement for disrupting that recovery”
“I would call on SIPTU management to immediately call off the planned strike and return to the negotiating table. Negotiations are ongoing on this important issue. To strike before those negotiations are exhausted is counterproductive. SIPTU must play a role in the recovery of the Irish tourism sector and this planned industrial action flies in the face of what we are trying to do in relation to rebuilding confidence in our tourism product”
“Failte Ireland has said that the numbers of people employed in Irish Tourism rose by 12% last year. During 2013, visitor numbers grew by 7% and foreign earnings from tourism rose by €300m, boosting overall confidence in the sector. SIPTUneeds to realise the damage that this action is doing to this fragile recovery. I would call on SIPTU management to reconsider their actions immediately”