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Mediator appointed to oversee discussions on IAA disputes with air traffic controllers

A MEDIATOR has been appointed to oversee critical discussions between air traffic controllers and the management of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

As reported by The newspaper Yesterday, the IAA management team accused air traffic control officers (ATCO) on Monday of trying to “sabotage” the company’s reputation.

In a strongly worded internal document seen by this publication, managers strongly criticized the actions of ATCOs.

Earlier in September, it was revealed that a dispute had arisen between ATCOs and management over the company’s dissolution, as air traffic controllers wrote to TDs and the Department of Transport to raise allegations of problems. security and list issues.

From now on, Kieran Mulvey, the former director general of the Workplace Relations Commission, will chair the mediation talks between the ATCOs and the company.

A statement issued by Fianna Fáil tourism and aviation spokesperson Cathal Crowe said the well-known industrial relations specialist will oversee talks to end the long-standing Irish Aviation dispute. Authority.

“I am happy to announce that a mediator has been appointed in the form of Kieran Mulvey,” said MP Crowe.

Kieran Mulvey will chair the talks.

Source: Léa Farrell

Crowe said he and members of the Oireachtas transport committee had “vociferously” called on Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to resolve the impasse.

“While the IAA has its own internal mechanism for dealing with industrial relations disputes, it seems to me that this conflict has escalated beyond that.

“I have no doubts that Kieran Mulvey, a very competent mediator, will help bring this matter to a conclusion satisfactory to all parties concerned.”

The IAA confirmed that Mulvey was appointed by its Internal Dispute Resolution Board (IDRB). He said Mulvey will report to the chairman of the board within seven days.

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“We look forward to fully cooperating with this mediation process and request that the confidentiality of the process be now fully respected in order to allow Mr. Mulvey to proceed with his review,” he said.

A group of around 120 air traffic control officers (ATCOs) had written directly to the government expressing concerns about the disruption and safety in Irish airspace.

In a letter sent to members of the Oireachtas, the ATCOs made a number of complaints, which were emailed and not communicated through a union, including allegations regarding the safety of the air traffic control system in the Irish airspace. They allege that the problems were caused by list problems and a lack of staff.

In a subsequent statement, the IAA refuted the allegations and called on workers to engage in available industrial relations mechanisms.

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