Aer Lingus unions today (Tuesday) met to discuss their response to last week’s decision, by Aer Lingus management, to walk away from talks aimed at saving the pension incomes its staff.
The unions – IMPACT, SIPTU, TEEU and Unite – will today serve notice on Aer Lingus of a two-hour stoppage between 10am and 12 noon on Monday 19th November. During that time, members of the unions will attend information meetings at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports.
The unions stressed that any disruption to passengers or businesses on 19th November will be solely due to the decision of Aer Lingus management to stop talking to staff representatives about their future retirement incomes. There will be no disruption on 19th November if Aer Lingus management agrees to re-enter the negotiations and attend hearings at the Labour Court.
Representatives at today’s meeting expressed anger at Aer Lingus’s refusal to attend the Labour Court. They said there was a double standard in ministerial statements of support for this decision after ministers recently strongly criticised a consultants’ association for refusing to attend a recent Labour Court hearing.
The unions said they will also ask the Labour Relations Commission to reconvene negotiations between Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and its unions.
Staff who are away from their base between 10am and 12 noon on Monday 19th November will work as usual during the stoppage.