| 15.3°C Dublin

Editorial: High time to resolve the air dispute

The dispute involving air-traffic controllers must be sorted out without any further disruption to the travelling public. This country is in dire economic straits, and we cannot afford another day of chaos where thousands of air travellers are hit by strike action.

It is a time for cool heads and realism on all sides.

Air-traffic controllers are a well-paid group, especially considering that they don't have to make contributions to what will be a lucrative pension entitlement upon retirement.

It is accepted by everybody that the job is stressful and is one that is highly skilled, but there are significant perks for doing the work involved. And the pay of the workers reflects the skills required.

The effects on the economy of a protracted dispute would be disastrous and it is incumbent on all sides to get this dispute resolved once and for all. It must not be allowed to escalate further.