Monday 22 January 2018

Aer Lingus ready to return to talks as unions meet on possible industrial action

Colm Kelpie

Colm Kelpie

AER Lingus has said it stands ready to resume talks at the Labour Relations Commission as unions meet today to consider potentially crippling industrial action.

The group of unions at the airline are set to discuss a joint plan of action involving ground staff and cabin crew against the airline after talks at the LRC broke down last week in a row over pensions.

Aer Lingus insisted it did not walk away from discussions but said that they were indefinitely adjourned by the LRC on Thursday evening on resolving the €750m black hole in the defined benefit scheme, known as the Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme (IASS).

The scheme also includes workers from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).

IMPACT, one of the unions involved, has warned that the coordinated action could invole one day strikes.

A spokesman for Aer Lingus said: “Aer Lingus continues to be focussed on achieving a fair outcome that improves the pension prospects of affected IASS members in a way that will balance the interests of all parties, including shareholders."

The airline must be given two weeks notice of any industrial action, but any stoppage could cause severe disruption to Aer Lingus passengers at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports in the coming weeks, starting early next month.

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