IMPACT ballot a response to unilateral outsourcing decision by Aer Lingus

Members of the cabin crew branch of IMPACT trade union are to ballot for industrial action  in response to Aer Lingus management’s move to outsource cabin crew on transatlantic services. IMPACT refutes management claims that the union is unwilling to discuss new crewing arrangements on the routes.

IMPACT said that the company had refused to engage in genuine negotiations about new crewing arrangements on the service. The union accepts that new arrangements are necessary because the company is to use smaller aircraft on transatlantic services from January 2014. But the union says management proposals to halve crew numbers would fail to maintain the level of in-flight service to passengers.

IMPACT official Michael Landers said that it had been envisaged from the outset that Aer lingus staff would crew the flights. But the company subsequently moved unilaterally to outsource the service. “We have made consistent efforts to engage meaningfully on this issue with the company. But it has emerged that they simply want to outsource the service, rather than agree how experienced Shannon-based crew can continue to deliver what is an excellent service.”

The union is meeting members next week to discuss ballot arrangements.