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Unions serve Aer Lingus notice of industrial action

A two-hour work stoppage is scheduled to take place on Monday 19 November.

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UNIONS REPRESENTING STAFF at Aer Lingus have served the airline with notice of industrial action as part of an ongoing dispute over pensions.

SIPTU, UNITE, and Mandate said in a joint statement this afternoon that staff would be conducting a work stoppage between 10am and noon on Monday 19 November.

During the stoppage, members of the unions will attend information meetings at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports.

The unions said any disruption to passengers would be “solely due to the decisions of Aer Lingus management to stop talking to staff representatives about their future retirement incomes”.

The statement added that the work stoppage would not take place if management agreed to re-enter negotiations and attend hearings at the Labour Court.

The Minister for Transport LeoVaradkar described the move as “regrettable” – saying that it will inconvenience thousands of tourists, travellers and business people and damage the financial position of both Aer Lingus and the airports.

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Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Timmy Dooley urged Varadkar to help in resolving the dispute, saying his “hands-off approach” was not working.

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