Dublin Airport catering takeover sees catering at Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport operated by Dubai’s Emirates Group, starting in June.
The catering operation will be taken over by the catering division of Dubai National Air Transport Association, the travel services company owned by Emirates Group.
The agreement to outsource catering at Dublin Airport sees revenues of circa €3bn per annum added to Emirates Group.
A spokesperson from Aer Lingus commenting on the move said: “Following extensive engagement with employees in our Catering Department, staff representatives and the Workplace Relations Commission, agreement was reached in February to partner with a new supplier for our catering operation.”
Workers at Aer Lingus catering have been presented with options around the Dublin Airport catering takeover and some details are subject to ongoing discussions.
Aer Lingus had tried previously to outsource Dublin Airport’s catering, which unions opposed strenuously.
The new Workplace Relations Commission agreement asks workers to transfer work undertakings to DNATA.
We understand that workers will retain their current terms and conditions with the exception of pension arrangements. Alternatively they can work for it under a secondment arrangement, whereby they remain employed by Aer Lingus but work directly for the Dubai National Air Transport Association.
Dublin Airport catering takeover. The final working agreements will need to be fully in place before the June transfer. Unions and workers are busy scrutinising the plans.
Further details of the takeover can be seen in Independent.ie