Relief for air passengers
THE resolution of the Aer Lingus dispute will be welcomed by the thousands of passengers whose flights have been disrupted over the last fortnight. The trade union IMPACT has signalled that the current industrial action has been suspended and staff taken off the payroll will resume normal duties.
All is not sweetness and light just yet, as a binding arbitration has to be followed through at the Labour Relations Commission, but it can be presumed that both sides have been briefed on what to expect.
It reflects well on both unions and management that patience and common sense prevailed through what turned out to be marathon discussions. Management was adamant that its so called "Greenfield" series of cost-saving measures be pushed through.