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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Hopes rise of progess in Aer Lingus roster row

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

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Aer Lingus cabin crew during a 24 hour strike over rosters at Dublin Airport, Dublin last week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Aer Lingus cabin crew during a 24 hour strike over rosters at Dublin Airport, Dublin last week. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

HOPES of a resolution to a dispute over rosters, which disrupted the travel plans of Aer Lingus passengers over the June bank holiday weekend, rose as talks moved into a third day.

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Aer Lingus has stated it is willing to introduce the fixed-pattern roster sought for cabin crew.

However, the caveat is that it will agree to such a roster but if it can be achieved at no extra cost to the company.

Proposals on how this might be achieved were up for discussion as both union members and Aer Lingus executives sat down yesterday to discuss the issue for a second day.

The talks have been understood to have been on a knife-edge at times, with discussions described as tense.

One source said Impact feels there is "an awful long way to go before they reach agreement". The airline has insisted it is engaging with unions.

"The company is committed to achieving this fixed roster pattern but on a cost neutral basis," a spokesman for Aer Lingus added.

Cabin crew have described the roster regime as erratic.

They are seeking a fixed working pattern similar to the five days on, three days off, roster in place for pilots.

Impact has pointed out these rosters are in place at other airlines throughout Europe, and they felt it could be implemented at no extra cost to the airline.

Irish Independent

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