Thursday 14 December 2017

CityJet brushes off Unite in pilot conditions dispute

CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne said the airline
CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne said the airline "looks forward to developing a mutually fruitful working relationship with IALPA". (Stock picture)
Gavin McLoughlin

Gavin McLoughlin

Irish airline CityJet is ceasing its engagement with trade union Unite regarding a row over pilots' conditions, and has said it will deal with a different union from now on.

The carrier said that a recent ballot of its pilots had thrown up an "overwhelming majority" saying the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) should be their representatives.

The move comes after the Labour Court issued a recommendation that an independent assessor examine CityJet's books as part of the row with Unite. That is now set not to proceed.

"This was not a directive by the Labour Court, but their suggestion as to try to move things forward with Unite. However, as events have subsequently overtaken us with IALPA securing a mandate from the vast majority of our pilots, we have no option but to engage with IALPA in dialogue. We have advised the Labour Court of this development," a spokesman for CityJet said.

CityJet executive chairman Pat Byrne said the airline "looks forward to developing a mutually fruitful working relationship with IALPA".

Unite and the airline have been in a bitter battle in recent months, with strike action threatened but eventually deferred.

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