Aer Arann pilots are to take strike action from 00:01 hours on Tuesday 20th August after they voted by a 91% margin in favour of industrial action. The strike will affect Aer Arran flights and regional flights operated on behalf of Aer Lingus.
The dispute is over management’s refusal to end a pay freeze and restore pay cuts implemented when the airline was in financial trouble. IMPACT says there is no justification for a continuing pay freeze now that the company has returned to a sound commercial footing, which is the basis of a fleet replacement programme and a lucrative long term franchise with Aer Lingus.
The pay freeze has been in place since 2008 and it was followed by a further pay cut for pilots in 2009.
IMPACT lifted an earlier strike notice in 2012 after the company agreed to go to arbitration on the pay issue. It was then agreed that pay would be reviewed in 2013, but management has since refused to lift the five-year-old pay freeze. The union says it has made every effort to reach an agreement with the company to avoid disruption.
The union will serve formal strike notice on the company this afternoon (Monday). The pilots will strike for two days (20th-21st August), followed by two days normal working (22nd-23rd August), followed by another two day strike (24th-25th August).
The union says it remains available for talks.