Aer Lingus Strike To Go-Ahead

Aer Lingus cabin crew, represented by IMPACT, will engage in a 24 hour strike tomorrow, Friday 30 May, and have expressed regret that a dispute about rosters has led to a necessity for strike action.

But the union says that talks aimed at resolving the issue need to demonstrate that the employer is serious about solving ongoing roster problems.

IMPACT said that the airline's invitation to talks issued on Tuesday came too late to prevent the action from going ahead. Speaking on behalf of the union's cabin crew branch committee, IMPACT official Michael Landers said that IMPACT had made it clear that the union was available at any time to talk about the issue. "We extended that offer on many occasions previously, and stated it again in our strike notice on 13th May. The invitation came too late to prevent this action from going ahead, but we would hope that this would mark the beginning of a process that would see this issue resolved once and for all. There is a considerable lack of trust among cabin crew who question senior management's willingness to address this problem. Aer Lingus management has already breached existing agreements and refused to implement Labour Court recommendations. An invitation to talks, on its own, simply isn't enough to convince our cabin crew members," he said.

A commencement date for talks is expected to be confirmed today.


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