Saturday 22 July 2017

No signs of resolution in Aer Lingus dispute

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

THOUSANDS of Aer Lingus passengers still face uncertainty over their travel plans next week as the entire flight schedule remains under threat from Tuesday.

Talks at the Labour Relations Commission between the airline and pilots adjourned around 6pm yesterday, with sources saying there was "no real sign of a conclusion or resolution".

Negotiations will resume today, but could drag on over the weekend.

The row -- which centres on working hours for pilots -- could ground 30,000 passengers a day and throw the tourism industry into chaos as peak summer season approaches.

Pilots, who have threatened industrial action from Tuesday, claim they are being asked to work up to six days a week with just a day off, rather than the normal two, because of a serious shortage of staff. But the airline claims it has brought in agency staff to provide cover.

Irish Independent

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