Sunday 20 April 2014

Travel chaos looms as Aer Lingus cabin crew vote for industrial action

Aer Lingus cabin crew have voted for industrial action

Some 91pc of the cabin crew at Aer Lingus have opted to take industrial action against the airline’s management.

According the trade union group, IMPACT, the decision to ballot was a direct result of Aer Lingus’ unwillingness to negotiate with cabin crew “on a wide range of issues”.

“This is the latest in a succession of ultimatums and unnecessary coercive actions by Aer Lingus management which are designed to bully its staff into submission,” read the union report.

Last month, Aer Lingus announced its “extremely regrettable” intention to close its cabin crew base at Shannon from the end of March next year.

Initial growth initiative plans in line with new transatlantic services were quashed when disputes over terms and conditions and crewing levels arose. 

At the time, IMPACT assistant general secretary Michael Landers told RTE Radio 1 that Aer Lingus offered cabin crew “an ultimatum and said ‘accept this or we’ll outsource this work’”

IMPACT’s cabin crew branch has now reiterated its commitment to protect the 87 jobs that are at risk at Shannon “by taking industrial action, up to and including strike action if necessary”.

Chief Executive at Aer Lingus Christoff Mueller has already told staff that the airline has decided to outsource these jobs to ASL Aviation/Air Contractors Ltd.

In a memo, he said that it is no longer commercially viable to retain a single short haul crew base at Shannon.

By Louise Kelly

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