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Airport chaos looms as Aer Lingus pilots threaten strike action

Thirty thousand people could be affected if pilots go ahead with threatened industrial action from next Tuesday. Eighty-seven per cent of pilots represented by IALPA voted in favour of a strike.

Aer Lingus pilots have served notice of industrial action from next Tuesday (File photo)
Aer Lingus pilots have served notice of industrial action from next Tuesday (File photo)
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

AER LINGUS PILOTS have announced that they’re to begin industrial action next Tuesday 7 June, which could lead to a full cancellation of all of their flights.

A statement from the airline says that pilots won’t work on rostered free days or annual leave days, and that they will report for duty an hour late reports Reuters.

Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller says that the action by the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association and the IMPACT trade union may lead to a full cancellation of operations. He says that it will be impossible to maintain proper flight schedules and customers will suffer as a result reports RTE.

Industrial action by Aer Lingus cabin crew over the introduction of new rosters led to the cancellation of 22,000 bookings in January, and saw 215 staff taken off the payroll.

This action by pilots is also over rostering, and comes after 87 per cent of members of IALPA voted in favour of industrial action. The Irish Times reports that 30,000 people a day could potentially be affected.

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