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Aer Lingus dispute talks continue at LRC

Efforts to resolve the ongoing dispute over new rosters at the airline will resume today at the Labour Relations Commission as a further 20 flights are cancelled.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

TALKS AIMED AT RESOLVING the Aer Lingus dispute between management and cabin crew are continuing at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) today.

The airline says it is doing its best to run a full service, but a further 20 flights are being cancelled today.

The affected passengers will be contacted individually by Aer Lingus via email and text message, but anyone due to fly with the airline today can also check the status of their flight online.

The Irish Times reports that the airline has contacted seven cabin crew members to attend a disciplinary meeting over their refusal to operate the new rosters which could ultimately see them fired.

About 300 members of staff have been removed from the airline’s payroll in the roster dispute.

IBEC and ICTU became involved in the dispute at the end of last week and offered to arrange a meeting with cabin crew trade union representatives from Impact as well as airline management. This led to the beginning of talks before the LRC over the weekend.

The airline says that the dispute, which has entered its third week, is affecting passenger bookings and it has been leasing aircraft and crew from Ryanair to carry out some of its European flights.

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