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Sunday 21 January 2018

Aer Lingus staff ballot on action over hours

Anne-Marie Walsh Industry Correspondent

AER Lingus cabin crew are set to ballot for industrial action -- but it will have no impact on flights over the Bank Holiday weekend. If they vote in favour of action, they could mount a strike or begin work-to-rule action later next month.

The row follows the breakdown of talks at the Labour Relations Commission over management changes to their working hours.

IMPACT posted ballot papers to its members yesterday and the ballot will close on Monday week. If staff vote in favour of action, they will have to give seven days' notice.

The new hours are part of a new agreement to cut costs by €97m at the troubled airline.

The cabin crew accepted the deal earlier this year, under which flight time would increase to 850 hours a year, after the company had threatened compulsory redundancies.

But the union claims that management has backed out of an agreement that 35-hour-a-week contracts should change to 39 hours in order to accommodate the increased hours.

Aer Lingus assured customers yesterday that it did not anticipate any disruption to its services.

"We have a 93pc mandate from the cabin crew on the agreement struck some time ago," said a spokesman.

Irish Independent

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