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An Aer Lingus Airbus aircraft takes off from Dublin Airport in Ireland, on March 10, 2010. Irish airline Aer Lingus forecast on Tuesday that its losses had widened to 81 million euros (110 million dollars) last year, as the group considered a cost-cutting stand-off with staff. It said in a trading update that its 2009 earnings before exceptional items compared with an operating loss of 20 million euros in 2008. AFP PHOTO/ Peter Muhly (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

An Aer Lingus Airbus aircraft takes off from Dublin Airport in Ireland, on March 10, 2010. Irish airline Aer Lingus forecast on Tuesday that its losses had widened to 81 million euros (110 million dollars) last year, as the group considered a cost-cutting stand-off with staff. It said in a trading update that its 2009 earnings before exceptional items compared with an operating loss of 20 million euros in 2008. AFP PHOTO/ Peter Muhly (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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An Aer Lingus Airbus aircraft takes off from Dublin Airport in Ireland, on March 10, 2010. Irish airline Aer Lingus forecast on Tuesday that its losses had widened to 81 million euros (110 million dollars) last year, as the group considered a cost-cutting stand-off with staff. It said in a trading update that its 2009 earnings before exceptional items compared with an operating loss of 20 million euros in 2008. AFP PHOTO/ Peter Muhly (Photo credit should read PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)

AER Lingus says it is "at a loss" as to why it has been served with notice of industrial action by unions.

The carrier said it had "comprehensively and sustainably" addressed pension provision entitlements for staff following negotiations over a €700m-plus deficit at the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS).

Talks aimed at resolving the massive pension hole broke down last week at the Labour Relations Commission.

A failure to address the huge deficit would mean thousands of workers paying money into the scheme would see their future pension entitlements severely cut.

SIPTU has claimed that Aer Lingus has failed to put forward "any meaningful initiatives" to remedy the deficit.

Aer Lingus staff have said they'll stop work for two hours on November 19.

Irish Independent