Tuesday 10 December 2019

Airline cabin crew vote again on cuts

Paul Melia

AER Lingus cabin crew have agreed to vote again on a €97m cost-cutting plan which would avoid 230 jobs being lost.

Members of trade union IMPACT yesterday agreed to hold a second ballot after union officials said they had been given "clarifications" from management which would allow the plan be put to members again.

IMPACT's cabin crew members initially rejected the plan which included up to 600 voluntary redundancies across the company, pay cuts of 10pc and a three-year pay freeze.

The majority of the airline's staff accepted the proposal.

Management planned to terminate the employment of all 1,300 cabin crew and rehire most on lower pay and conditions. There would be 230 compulsory redundancies, with minimum redundancy pay..

A spokesman for IMPACT said the ballot began yesterday among members at Dublin Airport and would begin in Shannon and Cork today. A result is expected on Friday.

Irish Independent

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