Situation "Grave" For Aer Lingus

The Irish Business Confederation has described Aer Lingus's situation as "grave", as talks to avoid industrial action get underway.

Pressure is mounting on the airline following strike threats from trade union, SIPTU, over plans to introduce an outsourcing scheme in order to make €74 million worth of cost cuts.

However, the IBEC has warned that Aer Lingus was presently "seriously uncompetitive" and needed corrective action.

IBEC Director General Turlough O'Sullivan said the company's proposed €74 million cost cutting package was the minimum required in order to protect the maximum number of jobs and save the airline.

Both sides accepted an invitation to talks yesterday from the NIB, the State's main troubleshooting body, shortly after the trade union SIPTU served notice for strike action at the airline.


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