Airport Authority plays down strike fears

There is no threat to weekend flights at Dublin Airport despite a simmering staff row over new security recruits, it was claimed today.

There is no threat to weekend flights at Dublin Airport despite a simmering staff row over new security recruits, it was claimed today.

Shop stewards representing 600 security workers at the airport are meeting this morning over the appointment of new passenger screening staff.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) wants to appoint 13 new supervisors to improve screening services which were strongly criticised after an April security audit by EU inspectors.

SIPTU has accused the company of trying to make the appointments without complying with existing union agreements.

It is understood that a ballot for industrial action may be considered at today’s meeting.

But DAA spokesman Vincent Wall said today: “There is absolutely no threat to weekend flights.”

Meanwhile, airport management has introduced a new passenger security screening channel to fast-track people flying from Dublin to other airports around Ireland.

The DAA says it is needed because Irish flights in Ireland have been most affected by the new security measures.

Passengers claimed that it was quicker to travel by road or rail than face the 60-minute check-in time and fly.

But Mr Wall explained: “When we brought in new security measures in April, it has taken longer to get people through security, especially at peak times.

“That has had a disproportionate effect on internal passengers going to the seven or eight Irish airports and we’re trying to rectify that.”

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