It follows a dispute between the DAA and Siptu over the DAA’s right to use 12-month contracts to hire new recruits.
Siptu representatives argued workers recently hired as airport police should be recruited on contracts of indefinite duration as opposed to 12-month temporary assignment or fixed-term contracts and that the DAA had deviated from previous recruitment practice.
The union claimed the DAA was in breach of a 2003 collective agreement which envisaged airport police would have staffing levels of 80 personnel and which would grow in line with passenger traffic at the airport.
It pointed out that passenger numbers have increased in the past four years and were expected to increase in future years.
However, the DAA said it operated recruitment in accordance with the company’s policy, procedures, and relative agreements.
It maintained there was nothing in the 2003 agreement which stipulated what kind of contract should be offered to new recruits.
“The staffing levels referred to in that agreement were at a point in time and are not relevant now,” the DAA said.
“At this point, there is a requirement and business need to recruit staff on a 12-month contract basis to allow a full review of resources.
The DAA called for the appointment of a mediator.
The Labour Court recommended that both sides engage in a collaborative consultative process on the future of policing services at the airport to be overseen by a mutually agreed facilitator and completed within six weeks.
At that stage, the recruits should “have their employment status confirmed to provide them with certainty”, the court said.