IMPACT to ballot members on recommendations of Expert Panel on aviation pensions

IMPACT today (Wednesday) said it intends to proceed with an information campaign and a ballot on the report of the expert group set up to make recommendations on dealing with the funding deficit in the Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme (IASS), which is the pension fund covering most staff in Aer Lingus and the Dublin and Shannon airport authorities. The process, which was agreed by the ICTU group of unions in the companies concerned, will also encompass management proposals put forward after the expert group report was published.

IMPACT said all unions had agreed a recommendation from the expert group to establish a joint communications steering group, which was chaired by a former SIPTU official. The communications group – which includes reps from all the unions concerned – has almost completed its work, which will allow unions to accurately inform each individual employee of how the final proposals from the expert group and both companies would impact on their pension benefits at retirement age.

The communications group has agreed to provide each employee with an individualised information pack, which will be available for distribution next month prior to a ballot. It has also been agreed that help lines and information websites will be established for staff in the three companies – Aer Lingus, Dublin Airport Authority and Shannon Airport Authority. Information meetings are also being organised.

Meanwhile, meetings between unions and management will take place shortly to discuss the final proposals received from Aer Lingus and the Dublin Airport Authority.