1-Jun-2011 11:20 AM

Aer Lingus pilots may take industrial action on 07-Jun-2011

Aer Lingus pilots have since given notice to the company that industrial action could begin from 07-Jun-2011 (Irish Examiner, 31-May-2011). The pilots, members of the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA), took issue with Aer Lingus over rostering arrangements and claim they are being "stretched to the limit". IALPA previously stated that if members vote in favour, it will activate action if Aer Lingus management continues to fail to produce and implement a “sustainable manpower plan to address issues”. It has been reported that the pilots are currently open for discussions to resolve the issues. Industiral action was backed by 87% of pilots balloted and is expected to affect services between Cork and Dublin. Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Muller said it could lead to a full cancellation of operations from next Tuesday. Aer Lingus and IALPA have accepted an invitation to talks by the Labour Relations Commission in a bid to avert threatened industrial action by pilots (RTE Online, 31-May-2011). Up to 30,000 people could be effected on a daily basis if the action goes ahead.