Aer Lingus union to strike over proposed job cuts - Dublin Airport News

Airport news for Dublin on 10/11/2008.

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Eighty per cent of the members of SIPTU, the Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union, have voted in favour of a strike if the management of Aer Lingus proceeds with the 1,500 workforce reductions, and outsources the work.

SIPTU’s national industrial secretary, Gerry McCormack, has said that the union regrets any disruption to passengers that the industrial action may cause in the coming weeks.

He commented: "I want to stress that we remain open to enter a talks process to resolve this dispute with management. We will now be serving notice of industrial action immediately. We call on management to avert mass disruption to the travelling public by entering talks with us now."

The airline is proposing the outsourcing of all ground operations, closing down some cabin crew bases at Shannon and Heathrow airports and having American crews work some transatlantic services.

Talks have collapsed in recent weeks, and management and the union are blaming each other for the failure to make progress.

Aer Lingus flew 9.3 million passengers last year, on low-cost services to North Africa, Europe and North America.

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