Aer Lingus pension talks halted
TALKS between unions and Aer Lingus management aimed at attempting to resolve an €800m pension crisis have been adjourned, after a tense standoff between the two sides.
Unions were also holding separate meetings with Aer Lingus and Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) representatives.
It is understood the two companies were being asked to stump up extra funds, on top of what they've already pledged, to help solve the pension problem.
But the meeting with Aer Lingus management executives and one of the airline's board members was grounded. Unions claimed that the airline representatives had walked out, something the airline rejected.
"We are keen to progress the resolution of the pension matter and we continue to engage with ICTU for this purpose," said an Aer Lingus spokesman.
He added: "A number of matters that were unrelated to the pension issue were introduced in a manner that was unacceptable to Aer Lingus.
"The environment was therefore not conducive to appropriately discussing the pension matter.
"We intend to write to ICTU to comprehensively address the pension matters they raised in their correspondence."