CityJet brushes off Unite in pilot conditions dispute
Irish airline CityJet is ceasing its engagement with trade union Unite regarding a row over pilots' conditions, and has said it will deal with a different union from now on.
The carrier said that a recent ballot of its pilots had thrown up an "overwhelming majority" saying the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) should be their representatives.
The move comes after the Labour Court issued a recommendation that an independent assessor examine CityJet's books as part of the row with Unite. That is now set not to proceed.
"This was not a directive by the Labour Court, but their suggestion as to try to move things forward with Unite. However, as events have subsequently overtaken us with IALPA securing a mandate from the vast majority of our pilots, we have no option but to engage with IALPA in dialogue. We have advised the Labour Court of this development," a spokesman for CityJet said.
CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne said the airline "looks forward to developing a mutually fruitful working relationship with IALPA".
Unite and the airline have been in a bitter battle in recent months, with strike action threatened but eventually deferred.
Sunday Indo Business