Thousands of Aviation Jobs could be Permanently lost

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  1. 9th February – Thousands of jobs dependent on aviation could be lost permanently unless the Government acts to support the sector though a second summer of inactivity caused by Covid-related travel restrictions, according to Fórsa.

    In evidence to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport and Communications Networks today (Tuesday) the union said other European Governments had moved to protect airline and aviation jobs far more decisively than in Ireland.

    The union called for enhanced industry-specific wage supports, easier access to mortgage payment breaks, and enhanced Government supports to the industry including a State-led stakeholder engagement to develop a survival plan for the sector.

    In evidence to the Oireachtas Committee, senior Fórsa official Ashley Connolly acknowledged the contribution of State wage supports in the first 11 months of the crisis, but said Ireland continued to lack a European-style joined-up Government approach to underpin jobs, protect aviation infrastructure, and ensure the survival of a viable post-pandemic industry.

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