Wednesday 18 September 2019

Aer Lingus flights face threat after strike ballot

Action: Stobart Air cabin crew work on 21 Aer Lingus routes. Photo: REUTERS
Action: Stobart Air cabin crew work on 21 Aer Lingus routes. Photo: REUTERS

Anne Marie Walsh

Aer Lingus flights face the threat of disruption after staff at an airline that operates 21 of its routes backed industrial action.

It is understood that the airline is currently making contingency plans following the announcement by Stobart Air's cabin crew.

"Aer Lingus notes the outcome of the ballot by Stobart cabin crew," said a spokesperson.

Fórsa, which represents the Stobart cabin crew, said they voted unanimously for industrial action up to strike action over the airline's refusal to recognise the union. It claimed it will not engage with it on pay and working conditions.

The union said the ballot was 100pc in favour of industrial action and 84pc of staff voted.

Fórsa official Ashley Connolly said the result gives the union a very clear mandate and the union's disputes committee will now consider its next steps.

"Management's refusal to do business in the usual way has left its staff feeling they have no choice but to consider industrial action," she said.

The cabin crew recently rejected a pay proposal that they claimed fell short of industry norms.

In a statement, Fórsa said it referred the dispute to the Workplace Relations Commission but the airline refused to attend talks.

Meanwhile, Irish Rail has informed commuters there will be disruptions over the weekend as roof repair work at Pearse Station continue.

The Dart will be suspended between Connolly and Grand Canal Dock. Pearse and Tara Street stations will be closed but there will be bus transfers between Connolly and Bray for Dublin/Rosslare connections.

Irish Independent

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