Thursday 25 May 2017

Two more Aer Lingus flights off as ruling due on dispute

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus said normal services will resume tomorrow. Photo: Getty Images
A spokesperson for Aer Lingus said normal services will resume tomorrow. Photo: Getty Images

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

TWO Aer Lingus flights for today have been cancelled but the airline plans a full schedule tomorrow.

Passengers will be re-accommodated on later flights today as a flight between Dublin and New York and the return journey are grounded.

A spokesperson for the airline said normal services will resume tomorrow.

Over 200 flights were grounded in the last fortnight due to a row between management and cabin crew over longer hours. The airline began cancelling flights after taking cabin crew, who refused to work new rosters, off the payroll.

The rosters increased their flying time to 16 hours a week, which the cabin crew accepted last year.

But the cabin crew's union IMPACT objected to other changes to the rosters including double shifts and new rules on meal breaks, rest time between flights, and acceptable delays when staff turned up to work.

The union and management reached agreement on most issues at the Labour Relations Commission last week.

However, there was no agreement on two rule changes, including the amount of rostered time off.

The chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, is due to issue a binding arbitration on the outstanding issues within days.

Irish Independent

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