UPDATED 13:00 Wednesday 20th November
LRC talks between Aer Lingus cabin crew and management continued through the night last night and concluded at 5am this morning (Friday). Crucially, the settlement proposals would mean that the Shannon cabin crew base will be retained, and the work on the new transatlantic routes will be carried out by Aer Lingus employees if the proposals are accepted.
Under the proposals, the transatlantic operation would start with five crew, and a comprehensive joint review would take place in July 2014 to consider patterns of traffic across the year and whether crewing arrangements should respond to seasonal factors.
IMPACT official Michael Landers welcomed the fact that the initial flights would have five cabin crew where possible. “This was one of our key demands. However, cabin crew staff would prefer to work with five cabin crew rather than having the additional financial incentives outlined in these proposals. This dispute was never about money. The review that’s been included in these proposals will, I’m sure, show that it is impractical to operate with less than five crew” he said.
UPDATE: Following a ballot held over the last number of days, Aer Lingus cabin crew in Shannon airport have voted in favour of the proposals. The vote in favour was 82.8% (58). The ballot turnout was 87.5% (70).