Dublin Airport is braced for significant disruption with planned strike action by security guards from 4am on Friday, July 26. The industrial action follows a long-standing pay dispute between their employer, security services provider, ICTS UK, and the unions representing the guards. Some 1,400 guards are expected to take part in the strike, which will impact nearly all areas of the airport.
Passengers have been advised to arrive earlier than usual, with contingency plans in force. These are expected to involve draft planes being flown in and security screening times being extended to ensure passenger safety in the absence of the striking workers.
Unions have criticised the rate of pay for staff, who earn around €12.50 per hour. The workers have asked for a pay increase of around €3 per hour, but the company have reportedly only offered €0.50 per hour. Further bargaining talks are planned to take place in a bid to resolve the dispute.
Whilst some have criticised the airport company for the potential problems the strike will pose to passengers, others have blamed the employer for not paying enough attention to the concerns of their workers. It is also worth noting that ICTS is not the only company who will be affected by this, but also some airlines who might experience delays, cancellations or forced to find alternative staff as a result.
In the short term, the outlook for air passengers travelling via Dublin airport over the coming days appears bleak, with passengers being told to prepare for possible delays and cancellations, coupled with the possibility of overcrowding or long queues as stranded passengers scramble to find alternative flights. Both staff and passengers will undoubtedly feel the impact of the strike until a resolution is found between the security guards and their employer.