Monday 5 December 2016

Aer Lingus row must be solved

Published 26/01/2011 | 09:29

It is the little things which cause trouble. It seems strange that arguments over meal breaks and notice of duty changes could threaten the future of Aer Lingus, but that appears to be the situation in the current dispute.

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More flights were cancelled yesterday as the airline's attempts to maintain schedules with hired planes and staff faltered. The cost of this must be exorbitant, and some of the lost business may not return to the airline.

The fine detail of work arrangements often are of more importance to workers than the big issue of total pay and hours. The Aer Lingus unions have agreed to increase flying hours to 850 a year, which is close to Ryanair's 900. The difficulty is how to achieve it.

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