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Aer Lingus to proceed with cost reduction plan if no resolution in cabin crew dispute is reached

22-Mar-2010 1:06 PM

Aer Lingus has indicated that if no resolution is reached in the current cabin crew dispute within 22 days, the airline will commence implementation of its EUR97 million cost reduction plan (Businessworld/RTE, 19-Mar-2010). The plan was rejected by a large majority of cabin crew belonging to the IMPACT Union. Following the rejection, the carrier stated it would eliminate all 1,200 cabin crew positions and rehire the majority of cabin crew at lower pay, with 230 staff members to be made redundant with only a minimum redundancy allowance. Separately, the IMPACT Union stated it would hold a second ballot on the cost cutting programme, following a meeting with the Labour Relations Commission.