91% of Aer Lingus cabin crew vote in favour of industrial action

Monday 4th November 2013

Cabin crew at Aer Lingus have voted in favour of industrial action by a margin of 91% in a ballot which concluded today (Monday 4th November).

IMPACT’s cabin crew branch has said that the ballot for industrial action has been provoked by Aer Lingus management’s attitude and behaviour on a wide range of issues, including the breach of existing agreements with staff, which have made the working lives of Aer Lingus cabin crew increasingly difficult in recent years.

The branch has said that Aer Lingus management is unwilling to address or resolve cabin crew concerns on these issues through normal industrial relations channels.

The decision to ballot was made immediately prior to a recent decision by Aer Lingus management to outsource cabin crew on transatlantic flights.

Cabin crew on all Aer Lingus bases are resolved to fight the closure and protect the 87 jobs at Shannon. Management subsequently announced its intention to close the cabin crew base at Shannon airport, and has written to the union in recent days issuing notice of collective voluntary redundancies for cabin crew at the Shannon base.

This is the latest in a succession of ultimatums and unnecessary coercive actions by Aer Lingus management which are designed to bully its staff into submission.

The cabin crew branch has said that this development underlines the urgent need to defend staff by taking industrial action, up to and including strike action if necessary. The branch said it now has a very strong mandate to resist management’s coercive tactics and fight to restore an acceptable approach to industrial relations in the company and achieve a decent, safe and sustainable work environment.