Aer Lingus cabin crew vote for industrial action
Potential travel chaos as 97pc union members opt to strike
Published 09/05/2014 | 16:32
POTENTIAL travel chaos looms at Aer Lingus after cabin crew voted in favour of industrial action, up to and including a strike, over the summer busy period.
Impact trade union said 97pc of its members voted in favour of action unless the airline agrees to implement a revised roster for short haul services.
Staff also want acceptable time off arrangements after long haul flights, it said.
Impact official Michael Landers said the result of the ballot indicated the depth of feeling about the issues contained in the ballot.
“The current roster patterns are best described as erratic,” he said.
“We have sought consultation with management on the implementation of a more sustainable and predictable roster which is already in place for pilots and which many other airlines also have in place for cabin crew.
“But management simply haven’t engaged with us, and today’s result demonstrates the frustration of cabin crew as a result.”
A spokesman for Aer Lingus said the carrier is aware of the Impact ballot.
We have not been notified of any planned industrial action and continue to engage with the IMPACT cabin crew representatives to address their concerns,” he added.