1,100 airline jobs to go if plan rejected
Published 24/02/2010 | 05:00
SENIOR managers at Aer Lingus have been told that over 1,100 compulsory redundancies will be pushed through if the current €97m cost-saving plan isn't agreed on by workers.
Unions at the firm have already admitted that they face a "hard sell" as they ballot members on the plan -- agreed with management -- that will result in 676 redundancies, pay cuts of up to 10pc and a three-year pay freeze.
Results on the ballot are not expected until early next month, but the Irish Independent has learned that senior managers at the airline were briefed earlier this week that the so-called 'Plan B' option may be implemented.
"There is a sense of complacency kicking in on the ground that the cost-saving plan may not go through because people may feel that it is no longer required, that things have improved," a source said.
"But actually things haven't, and the plan is required more than ever.
"There was a briefing last night of senior managers around the requirement to push ahead 'Plan B' if the ballot doesn't go through."
The workforce of more than 3,000 is balloting on the cost-saving plan this week.