Plan of action called for Shannon Airport

first_img Previous articleGardai urged to investigate background to prostitution in cityNext articleBooming Milk Market hosts Friday party admin DISAPPOINTMENT that just six of the 17 city councillors attended a special meeting called to discuss the emergency situation at Shannon Airport, has been voiced by Cllr Joe Leddin. Adamant that Shannon must be granted its own autonomy by the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to operate as a free and independent airport, Mr Vaughan, of the Irish Hotel Federation, said that this may require an act of legislation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Shannon is ready to compete but the problem is that it is not being allowed to buy a tin of paint without a purchase order from Dublin”. Fears were expressed for the airport going forward, especially in light of the severe cuts levelled by both Ryanair and Aer Lingus, and unease at Dublin Airport Authority’s (DAA) role in Shannon’s management.“The fear is that the DAA will offer Aer Lingus a sweetheart deal to open new routes from its new Terminal Two, which could lead to the cessation of more Shannon services,” warned Mr Vaughan, who added: “Can Shannon airport be regionally owned, yet bring private equity in?“We could create a bond scheme with low yielding returns, and if we can get this we can go to Government with a proposal.“The biggest threat to Dublin Airport is a free and independent Shannon”.Warning that any new business is likely to be hoovered up by Dublin’s Terminal Two, Cllr McLoughlin said the DAA’s intention is to create an airport capable of serving 48 million people,The DAA was accused by Cllr Diarmuid Scully of sabotaging Shannon, while Cllr Leddin accused the region’s six Government representatives in the Dail of being more concerned about fixing potholes.“There will be no progress unless they get off their behinds and approach the Government Departments for a free and independent Shannon, otherwise the airport will decline even further, with a debt-ridden DAA hoovering up business for its new t terminal,” said Cllr Leddin.Pointing out that the collapse in passenger numbers by three million annually is as bad as the Dell closure, Cllr Diarmuid Scully said that up to 10,000 jobs have been affected by Shannon’s demise.Limerick Travel owner, Tony Brazil told the meeting he would be willing to become an agent to market Shannon overseas and appoint other personnel overseas to do likewise“We need to produce a plan for the airport and then decide what to do and how it can be managed and regionally owned – perhaps, we could bring private equity in – we want control of the airport going forward – we must develop routes out of Shannon. but the airport must go forward.“Aer India is flying into Dublin, we don’t know if they have an interest in Shannon. Also, St Patrick’s Day brings huge business. Ryanair does not bring business into the region- we need US and European tourism. Ryanair is not the answer but we are at the mercy of Dublin. Ryanair was never going to stay the minute the airport at Faranfore increases charges, Ryanair will be gone from there.“While O’Leary can be part of the solution he is not the answer to the solution, what we have to do is attract more airlines into the airport. We must have connectivity into New York, Philadelphia etc when the United States economy starts to grow again”. Email Print Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Linkedin WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsPlan of action called for Shannon AirportBy admin – October 20, 2010 586 last_img read more

Uber, Lyft Spend Big, Win in California Vote to Restrict Drivers From Becoming Employees

first_imgSan Francisco-based Uber and Lyft had threatened to pull out of California if they lost. They got additional support in the fight from DoorDash, Instacart, and Postmates which all could have had their businesses upended if it failed.Labour-friendly Democrats in the Legislature last year passed the landmark law known as AB5 to expand a 2018 ruling by the California Supreme Court that limited businesses from classifying certain workers as independent contractors.The companies sought an exemption, taking their fight to voters with a campaign that included TV ads, mailers and messages that appeared on their app for both customers and drivers.- Advertisement – Shares of both companies surged 11 percent to 13 percent before the opening bell Wednesday after the huge victory.The outcome was a defeat for labour unions that had pushed for a state law aimed directly at Uber and Lyft, mandating they provide drivers with protections like minimum wage, overtime, health insurance and reimbursement for expenses.Supporters of Proposition 22 said the outcome showed voters wanted to preserve the flexibility of the current system. Opponents said the companies had bought their own law and vowed to continue fighting for drivers’ rights.- Advertisement – Uber, Lyft and other app-based ride-hailing and delivery services spent $200 million (roughly Rs. 1,500 crores) in a winning bet to circumvent California lawmakers and the courts to preserve their business model by keeping drivers from becoming employees eligible for benefits and job protections.The titans of the so-called gig economy bankrolled the most expensive ballot measure in state history, which was decided Tuesday with 58 percent of more than 11 million voters choosing to keep drivers classified as independent contractors able to set their own hours.- Advertisement – Opponents said the companies exploit drivers to keep profits high and the ballot measure would deprive workers of rights like overtime pay and workers’ compensation.Supporters said the measure would allow drivers to maintain the freedom to work hours they choose and would provide other benefits.Bill French, 62, a former high school baseball coach who voted for the measure in Huntington Beach, said he retired early so he could supplement his pay as an Uber driver and work when he wants.“I don’t need them to control me and tell me when I’m going to work and not going to work,” French said.More than $225 million (roughly Rs. 1,700 crores) was spent on the race, with unions kicking in about $20 (roughly Rs. 150 crores) million of that.“The obscene amount of money these multibillion-dollar corporations spent misleading the public doesn’t absolve them of their duty to pay drivers a living wage,” Art Pulaski of the California Labor Federation said in a statement. “The end of this campaign is only the beginning in the fight to ensure gig workers are provided fair wages, sick pay and care when they’re hurt at work.”The spending, which didn’t account for $30  (roughly Rs. 2,200) coupons Uber Eats and other services offered customers to promote their brands, will likely put future ballot measure funding on steroids, said political science professor David McCuan of Sonoma State University.“What Prop. 22 does is it raises the tide of all ballot measures,” McCuan said. “It sets records that are just going to be blown past the next time. … It makes the parallel route of direct democracy a playground that will be measured in the billions in a few (election) cycles.”The measure had support nearly statewide except in the San Francisco Bay Area and a sliver of coastal counties to the north.Although drivers would remain independent contractors exempt from mandates such as sick leave and expense reimbursement, they would receive some “alternative benefits,” including a guaranteed minimum wage and subsidies for health insurance if they average 25 hours of work a week.Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sent a letter to drivers late Tuesday thanking them for their support and promising details in coming weeks on how they can enroll in benefits such as accident insurance.The will of the voters could undermine a recent appeals court decision that sided with state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who sued the companies for misclassifying drivers as contractors in violation of AB5.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more