EMPLOYERS body IBEC and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions have intervened in a bid to stop a two-hour work stoppage at Aer Lingus later this month.
The industrial action is planned for November 19 and is in response to a row between management and workers over a €700m-plus deficit in a pension scheme for 14,000 current and former employees at Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority.
However, it has emerged that IBEC and ICTU are now brokering a possible deal between the two sides.
Talks between the airline and unions at the Labour Relations Commission broke down last month with SIPTU accusing Aer Lingus of failing to engage meaningfully in efforts to solve the pension problem.
It is understood that following the intervention of IBEC and ICTU, chief executive of the LRC Kieran Mulvey will give his views on how the dispute can be resolved to both sides with the possibility of a return to the LRC.
Neither the employers body or the trade union would comment on the highly sensitive talks.