A bleak Xmas as aircraft jobs lost

by Gazette Reporter

LUFTHANSA Technik in Rathcoole has closed, with the loss of 411 jobs.
The decision to close the jet engine factory was made following an extensive review of the facility.
The company met their workers’ unions, SIPTU, TEEU and UNITE, at a Labour Court hearing on December 20, where it was decided to close the plant.
Willie Quigley, UNITE regional officer, said the redundancy package recommended by the Labour Court was “not as good as we’d hoped”.
The court recommended a redundancy package which included statutory entitlement, plus four weeks’ basic pay per year of service (to be capped at two years’ basic pay), with a minimum payment of €7,500.
In a statement issued on the day of the Labour Court hearing, Lufthansa Technik said the company “served notice of termination of employment on about 400 staff at the plant”.
On November 15, Lufthansa Technik had announced the start of a 30-day process to consider closing the company, subject to consultation with all relevant parties.
The statement continued: “An offer from an outside party to take over the facility did not lead to any acceptable solution. Negotiations with the three trade unions and employee representatives failed to reach agreement on severance terms.”
Quigley spoke to The Gazette from the Labour Court as the hearing was ongoing.
He said: “The mood is not good here. It’s terrible that this has happened on the Friday before Christmas. We understand letters of termination have been sent out in the post to the workers.”
Cllr Gino Kenny (PBP) said: “It’s terrible for the area to lose more than 400 jobs; it’s a big blow.
“I’m calling on the State to intervene as the workers are so skilled and the company made money last year.”

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