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Aer Lingus crew at Shannon Airport back LRC deal in staffing dispute

The deal will see five crew operating the new smaller transatlantic services with a review of operations due next summer.

Image: Haydn West/PA Archive

AER LINGUS CABIN crew at Shannon Airport have voted to accept proposals tabled at the Labour Relations Commission that aim to protect staffing levels on new transatlantic services.

Talks between the LRC, trade union IMPACT and management concluded last Friday morning with a deal that will see the new transatlantic services starting with five crew. A joint review would take place in July 2014 to consider whether any changes are needed on crew numbers.

The deal was voted on by members over the past couple of days and was today passed by 87.5 per cent to 12.5 per cent.

The new new transatlantic services would use smaller planes and this had led to fears for the 87 staff employed at the Shannon base.

The union had previously refused Aer Lingus’s proposal that cabin crew operate the flights with four staff members.

IMPACT official Michael Landers welcomed the fact that the initial flights would have five cabin crew where possible. “This was one of our key demands. However, cabin crew staff would prefer to work with five cabin crew rather than having the additional financial incentives outlined in these proposals,” he said.

As part of the deal, there will be financial incentives for staff working on services with less than five staff, something Landers says is not workable in the long-term

“The review that’s been included in these proposals will, I’m sure, show that it is impractical to operate with less than five crew,” he said.

Read: ‘Some progress’ in talks on closure of Shannon cabin crew base >

Read: Aer Lingus to close Shannon cabin crew base that employs 87 >

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