Unions remain ‘unconvinced’ on Aer Lingus takeover after meeting with IAG – Congress

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions said today (March 6) that unions at Aer Lingus “remain unconvinced” of the proposed takeover of the company by International Airlines Group (IAG), following a meeting with IAG head Willie Walsh and members of the airline management.

IMPACT was represented at the meeting by national secretary Matt Staunton, assistant general secretary Michael Landers, and members of the cabin crew, pilot and IESA branch executives.

Commenting after the meeting, Congress official Liam Berney said: “While we welcome the opportunity afforded by the meeting to raise issues of concern and to question both IAG and Aer Lingus management on the proposed takeover, we heard nothing today to change our views.

“We went into this meeting today as a group of unions unconvinced of the merits of the proposal and that remains our position. Ultimately, critical issues relating to job security, staff terms and conditions and connectivity remain unanswered,” Mr Berney said.