TD calls for funding to keep ‘worried’ Cork airport workers on the books during runway works
A Cork TD urged the Transport Department to increase funding for the Regional Airports Fund in a bid to keep aviation workers on the books for the duration of runway work at Cork Airport.
Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said the hundreds of workers who risked being made redundant during the 10-week scheduled runway work at Cork Airport later this year are “understandably worried about their earnings, their jobs and working conditions and conditions ”.
Deputy Ó Laoghaire asked the ministry to add regional airports to the Fund to solve the problem.
“An additional stream of funding should be allocated and managed by Cork Airport and DAA, to ensure that employers can keep workers on the books during the 10 weeks.
This can help the airport, its employers and especially its workers to get through this period and allow us to enter a period of reconstruction.
“There is no doubt that Cork Airport will always need continued funding. The government must realize that it will take two or three years for the air force to recover, this is true not only in Cork but throughout the state. We will need increased OpEx and CapEx funding for at least three years, ”he said.
He said the “very immediate and short-term concern” can be addressed at limited cost to the ministry to ensure terms and conditions are protected, jobs are secure and workers are reassured.
“I wrote to the Minister of Transport to make this proposal. The Department of Transport has a duty to act, to ensure that we are in a position where Cork Airport can thrive and reach its full potential, and that all of its workers are protected, ”said MP Ó Laoghaire .