Cabin crew threaten full strike if pay docked
Published 13/10/2010 | 05:00
AER Lingus cabin crew have warned they will mount an all-out strike if management attempts to dock pay from anyone taking part in industrial action today.
Up to 1,300 members of the Impact trade union are operating a work-to-rule policy in protest at new rosters being implemented by the airline.
The new rosters are part of the airline's €97m cost-cutting plan and aim to increase working hours for cabin crew to 850 hours a year.
But cabin crew believe the rosters are unfair and breach an arbitration agreement worked out at the Labour Relations Commission.
The airline and union said that passengers will not be affected by today's action.
Cabin crew will revert to their original rosters, and will insist on taking meal breaks when they are due.
A union spokesman said it was unclear what action, if any, the company would take against workers. He added that any disciplinary action could result in an all-out strike.
"It is not expected that the work-to-rule will, in any way, cause disruption or delay to flight services," he said.
Aer Lingus said it did not expect any impact on passengers. It refused to say if disciplinary action would be taken.