IMPACT trade union, which represents 1,800 cabin crew, pilots and office staff at Aer Lingus, has said that this afternoon’s statement by the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, recognises that the issues of job losses and connectivity are significant barriers to IAG’s proposed takeover of the airline.
Speaking at a briefing meeting with Aer Lingus staff representatives this afternoon, IMPACT national secretary Matt Staunton said that Aer Lingus’ statement on operating profits and passenger numbers this morning showed that the airline remains in a strong position as an independent airline, and a crucial element in Ireland’s transport infrastructure.
Mr Staunton said that the identification, of both job and connectivity issues by the Minister, reflected the concerns raised by the union about potential job losses, and the long term vulnerability of Irish routes to Heathrow.
Mr Staunton said that it remained to be seen if IAG can address these issues, and said that the union was doubtful that IAG would move to do so. He said that IAG CEO, Willie Walsh, had already confirmed that jobs would be lost through rationalisation if the takeover was successful when he spoke to the Oireachtas transport committee two weeks ago.