Siptu seeks to meet Lufthansa as up to 180 jobs at Shannon could be lost

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As reported by Irish weather, union officials are looking to meet with Lufthansa Technik Shannon following news that up to 180 jobs could be lost under a deal that will save the aircraft maintenance business.

Local actor Atlantic Aviation Group reportedly confirmed on Tuesday October 12 that it was buying Lufthansa Technik Shannon as part of a deal that could save 300 of the German company’s 485 jobs.

Siptu officials reportedly said on the evening of Tuesday, October 12 that they were seeking “an urgent meeting” with Lufthansa Technik management over plans to lay off around 180 workers.

Organizer Tony Carroll reportedly said the union was “disappointed” by the scale of the proposed job cuts.

Karan O’Loughlin, organizer of the Siptu division, reportedly said all members have agreed to keep Lufthansa Technik operating during the pandemic and the sale. She reportedly said the union wanted to discuss job losses and a way to “protect the remaining terms of employment” of its 350 members.

Difficult day for workers

Lufthansa reportedly began reviewing the business late last year after months of COVID-19-related travel restrictions, raising fears the operation would close with the loss of all jobs.

The purchase of Atlantic Aviation would secure the future of approximately 300 jobs in Shannon.

Lufthansa Technik reportedly said “around 180 jobs” were at risk of being made redundant.

The company hopes that most of the layoffs can be done voluntarily.

Pat Shine, managing director of Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd, reportedly admitted that it was a difficult day for workers.

“Each option was explored, the priority being to protect the maximum number of jobs and the specialized experience of the workforce of Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd”, he would have added.

Shine reportedly explained that selling to Atlantic Aviation, a related company, was seen as the most viable way to minimize job losses.

Atlantic chief executive Shane O’Neill reportedly said the company was proud to have saved 300 jobs for the region.

“We see the expertise and experience of the Lufthansa Technik Shannon Ltd team as an extremely positive addition to our own expertise,” O’Neill reportedly commented.

Greatest player

The deal would make the Atlantic Aviation Group the largest player in Irish aircraft maintenance, employing around 740 people at its bases in Shannon and Brize Norton in England.

According to O’Neill, hiring Lufthansa workers would allow Atlantic to expand its business on the Airbus A320 and Boeing 787, thereby adding to its existing specialties.

The company reportedly bought Flybe Aviation Services Ltd, which maintains cargo planes for the UK’s Royal Air Force, in Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, England last year.

Formerly known as Transaero, Atlantic is said to have emerged from High Court protection in 2015 with an investment of 2.5 million euros from backer Patrick Jordan.

Clients

Existing customers would be Ryanair, freight specialist ASL Airlines, Star Air, Tui Group, Jet 2; and major aircraft lessors, including Aer Cap, SMBC Aviation Capital, Aergo and Avolon.

Lufthansa Technik’s regulators and supervisory board are expected to approve the deal.

Midwestern groups would have welcomed confirmation that the Atlantic buyout would save 300 jobs.

Stephen Keogh, president of the Shannon Chamber, is said to have pointed out that Lufthansa Technik has provided valuable jobs in the region since its inception.

Mary Considine, managing director of state-owned Shannon Group, reportedly praised Atlantic Aviation. She reportedly said the two companies formed a significant part of the Shannon Free Zone.

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