SIPTU HAS SERVED notice of industrial action on Aer Lingus today.
It comes two days after it served notice of industrial action on the Dublin Aviation Authority (DAA) over a dispute about pensions.
Aer Lingus said in response:
We regret that SIPTU has seen fit to serve notice of industrial action today. There is no justification for this course of action. We refute strongly SIPTUs claim that a breach of collective agreements has occurred.
The airline said it is calling on the Labour Relations Commission to ensure that all parties remain fully engaged in the on-going discussions.
Aer Lingus remains fully committed to working with all the relevant parties to find an appropriate solution to the IASS funding shortfall. We believe it is strongly in the interests of all parties that these matters be resolved.
Aer Lingus will be assessing the situation over the coming days and said it will be communicating proactively with its customers regarding alternative travel arrangements in the event of disruption to scheduled services.
On Tuesday, SIPTU served notice of industrial action on the DAA, saying any action will not happen until after 1 October.
SIPTU has said it wants the DAA to provide more “meaningful figures” at upcoming discussions about the €700 million deficit in the Irish Aviation Pension Scheme (IASS).