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Friday 22 August 2014

Further strikes loom as Aer Lingus cabin crew talks break down

Louise Kelly

Published 06/06/2014 | 20:34

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Aer Lingus passengers are at risk of further disruption this month as talks between Aer Lingus management and cabin crew trade union officials have broken down.

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IMPACT have released a statement this evening confirming that negotiations have collapsed as the airline's management has issued a take-it-or-leave-it proposal.

Union official Michale Landers said that IMPACT had been prepared to discuss outstanding issues throughout the weekend but "management had walked away", according to this evening's statement.

As a result, IMPACT intend to issue Aer Lingus management with notice of two further one-day strikes to be carried out on Monday June 16 and Wednesday June 18. 

“By tabling a clearly-unacceptable take-it-or-leave-it proposal, which would inevitably lead to hundreds of Irish jobs being exported to the USA, management has demonstrated that it never intended to negotiate in good faith – and that it cares little about unemployment or the Irish economy," said Mr Landers. 

"Cabin crew are up against a management team that seems determined on conflict rather than trying to find practical and acceptable solutions. Therefore, we have had to conclude that, regrettably, only further industrial action can bring about a constructive approach from management.”

Aer Lingus have said IMPACT’S disregard for customers and Ireland's reputation in this latest strike threat is indefensible.

The airline said that during their third day of meetings with the union today, they also indicated their "willingness to explore alternative suggestions by IMPACT".

Director of Communications, Declan Kearney said: “IMPACT's stated reason for engaging in a strike, which damaged Aer Lingus’ business and its customers was to seek the 5:3:5:3 fixed roster pattern. This is exactly what Aer Lingus has put on the table for the past three days.

"The union has now decided to engage in further damaging industrial action. At this point it is unclear to Aer Lingus what the real motivation of IMPACT has been in the recent and now newly threatened disruptive action,” he added. 

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