Thursday 12 December 2019

Airline rejects talks plea over redundancies

Anne-Marie Walsh

AER Lingus will forge ahead with plans to axe 230 cabin crew after rejecting a union plea to enter talks.

The airline last night turned down IMPACT's call for the Labour Relations Commission to reconvene talks .

It said it would now move to enforce the compulsory redundancies after 1,000 cabin crew rejected a €97m survival plan. It will also implement more than 400 voluntary redundancies, pay cuts of up to 10pc and a three-year pay freeze.

"A total of 160 days have passed since the launch of the Greenfield change plan in October last year and, against the back of such an overwhelming rejection of the proposals by cabin crew, the airline could see no value in reconvening the parties", said a senior source at the airline.

Job cuts would follow a consultation period of 30 days.

Irish Independent

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