Dispute solution up in the air
ONCE again, Aer Lingus passengers are faced with the miserable prospect of disruption as unions plan a two-hour walkout next month.
It has become a familiar story. There are customers out there who remain loyal to the airline and want to give it custom, but find that loyalty tested.
There remains hope though. With almost three weeks to go until strike day on November 19, it is possible for both the airline and unions to pull back from the brink.
The dispute shows that despite the relative peace in industrial relations, pensions remain a thorny issue, and one for which staff are prepared to stage potentially crippling walkouts.
For now, the row over the €750m black hole in the pension pot appears deadlocked.
The unions have put it up to the airline to go to the Labour Court, but the carrier said it doesn't want to have a resolution imposed on it that may not be agreeable to its shareholders.
Who will blink first?