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Aer Lingus cabin crew vote for industrial action

Impact says the ballot shows the “frustration” of cabin crew.

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MEMBERS OF THE Impact trade union at Aer Lingus have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action.

Staff say that they will strike if the airline doesn’t implement a new roster for short-haul services.

97 per cent of staff who were balloted voted in favour of the action.

The ballot also called for action in the event of further breaches by management of existing collective agreements, and if the company fails to implement an outstanding Labour Court recommendation on supervisors contracts.

IMPACT official Michael Landers said that the result of the ballot indicated the depth of feeling about the issues contained in the ballot.

The current roster patterns are best described as erratic. We have sought consultation with management on the implementation of a more sustainable and predictable roster which is already in place for pilots and which many other airlines also have in place for cabin crew.

“But management simply haven’t engaged with us, and today’s result demonstrates the frustration of cabin crew as a result.”

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Cabin crew have sought a roster similar to those for pilots at the airline, of five work days followed by three rest days, known as a ‘5:3’ roster pattern.

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