Overnight breakthrough in talks between Aer Lingus and cabin crew
THE threatened closure of a cabin crew base at Shannon may have been averted after settlements appeared from Labour Relations Commission talks with representatives and Aer Lingus.
Aer Lingus had threatened to outsource cabin crew jobs on three new transatlantic routes using smaller planes and less crew members – moves they had objected to and said could result in industrial action.
The proposals, which emerged at 5am, include plans to retained the crew based while work on the new routes will be conducted by Aer Lingus employees, RTE reported this morning.
The initial flights from January 6 will operate with five cabin crew where possible to facilitate training on new aircraft.
From March, the flights would have four cabin crew, under the terms of documents produced by LRC director of conciliation Kevin Foley.
There will also be a cash incentive for staff to operate with just four crew., RTE added.
All cabin cew will receive eight additional "credits" worth a total of €36 per trip.
In addition, senior cabin crew will receive an extra 12 credits per return trip worth €54.