Wednesday 17 January 2018

Aer Lingus staff to strike as pension dispute escalates

Colm Kelpie and Sarah Stack

Aer Lingus staff will stage a two-hour work stoppage as the pension dispute escalates, unions have confirmed.

The airline will be served with notice of the industrial action, that will happen from 10am to noon on Monday November 19.

Cabin crew and ground, clerical and administration staff will take part in the stoppage.

Four trade unions - Siptu, Unite, TEEU and Mandate - said any disruption to passengers would be solely due to the decision of Aer Lingus to stop talking to staff representatives about their future retirement incomes.

"There will be no disruption on November 19 if Aer Lingus management agrees to re-enter the negotiations and attend hearings at the Labour Court," they said.

Aer Lingus said it will not attend the Labour Court, but it remains available for negotiations through the Labour Relations Commission (LRC).

Unions agreed the action today as the dispute over a multi-million euro pension deficit escalates.

About 2,500 cabin crew and ground staff will down tools after four unions - Impact, the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) and Unite – agreed to the collective industrial action.

The complex dispute centres on a near €750m deficit in the defined benefit pension pot known as the as the Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme (IASS).

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