Monday 18 December 2017

Aer Lingus dispute over new rosters is resolved

Fergus Black

THE three-week Aer Lingus roster dispute, which led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights, was finally resolved last night.

Cabin crew union IMPACT said it welcomed the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) arbitration findings which had removed the "anti-family measures" from new cabin crew rosters imposed by the airline's management last month.

Travel plans for thousands of passengers were disrupted, and more than 300 staff were removed from the payroll, at the height of the dispute.

A deal was hammered out following several days of arbitration at the LRC.

Aer Lingus said it was happy to have reached agreement and was confident that it would secure the 850 flying hours a year that it had sought from cabin crew.

Impact said most of cabin crew's problems with the rosters had been completely resolved.

The union also said management would not be able to impose unacceptable changes in future because an 'industrial peace' commitment obliged both sides to agree future changes or resolve them through arbitration.

IMPACT official Christina Carney said: "This means that cabin crew are again able to plan their family responsibilities while carrying out a demanding career to the highest possible standards."

Irish Independent

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