Union to ballot on aviation pensions


IMPACT members working in Aer Lingus and the Dublin and Shannon airport authorities have been advised to expect a ballot on industrial action in the near future.

The union’s national secretary Matt Staunton says this is because of the employers’ failure to reach agreement on how to address a serious deficit in the Irish Aviation Pension Scheme (IAPS), which covers staff in all three companies. Talks aimed at finding a solution have taken place over the last three years without success.

Matt wrote to all cabin crew and IAESA branch members this month, advising that unless Aer Lingus and DAA come up with new rescue proposals for the pension scheme, along with pay proposals for this year, the union would have to commence a ballot seeking a mandate for what he described as “serious industrial action.”

Last October the pension trustees issued a set of proposals, which included further cuts of about 34% in pension benefits. The Pensions Board has expressed its reluctance to accept the timeframes for eliminating the deficit, which have been proposed by the trustees. Further and final feedback is expected from the Pensions Board shortly.