Tuesday 21 November 2017

Editorial: Aer Lingus must ground old-style strike threats

Aer Lingus
Aer Lingus

One must wonder about the self-awareness of staff and unions at Aer Lingus, who are again threatening the travelling public – and indeed the public image of the country – with a series of strikes as the airline's cabin crew seek the same working arrangements as pilots, namely a five-day on, three-day off, working roster.

The workers at the Irish flag carrier seem to be spoiling for a fight. A planned stoppage orchestrated by SIPTU on the pensions issue over the St Patrick's Day weekend was only averted after the High Court granted an injunction to the Dublin Airport Authority to prevent it going ahead.

In the meantime, the airline lost a substantial amount of revenue as travellers cancelled plans or made alternative arrangements.

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