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Aer Lingus crew face axe over work-to-rule plan

Aer Lingus management has warned cabin crew planning to take part in industrial action from Tuesday that they face losing their jobs if they fail to carry out their "contractual duties", writes John Mulligan.

Represented by Impact, the cabin crew are planning to work to rule from next week and will refuse to work to new rosters being implemented by the airline, which the union has previously said were unfair and extended beyond the terms of an arbitration agreement reached earlier this year.

Last night, Impact assistant general secretary Christina Carney told Aer Lingus management that the threats would "widen the gap between you as an employer and your crew" and that the union is "disgusted" at what it claimed were attempts by the airline to "undermine and denigrate" the contribution of staff to the "well-being" of the company.

In a letter from the airline's director of staff relations, Sean Murphy, to Ms Carney yesterday, Mr Murphy stressed that the finding was binding on both union members and Aer Lingus management.

The letter informed Ms Carney that the airline "would not tolerate any failure on the part of any cabin crew member to work to all Greenfield/binding arbitration finding rosters as published".

The planned action comes as up to 715 cabin crew face the prospect of having to pay substantial sums to Revenue as a result of a so-called 'leave and return' redundancy scheme implemented in 2008, where they were awarded lump sums of between €30,000 and €140,000 to leave their jobs and return on lesser terms.

Irish Independent