Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Transport and Tourism Timmy Dooley has welcomed the decision by Aer Lingus management and the IMPACT trade union to engage in further talks at the Labour Court in a bid to resolve the ongoing roster dispute at the airline. Cabin crew at the company are still threatening two days of strike action next week, despite re-entering discussions.
Deputy Dooley commented, “While I welcome the decision by the union to continue with the negotiations, I would urge members to call off next week’s stoppages while the talks are ongoing. The only way this complex row will be resolved is through discussions and not by one side issuing threats against the other. The union needs to lift the threat of strike action for the duration of these talks, while management should restore the travel privileges it removed from cabin crew last week.
“Almost 30,000 passengers were affected by last month’s 24 hour work stoppage at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports. As many as 80,000 face disruption if the action threatened for next week goes ahead. This ongoing industrial relations volatility is creating uncertainty and instability among staff, management and the travelling public and has the potential to have a detrimental and lasting negative impact on the tourism industry here; an industry that is heavily reliant on air travel.
“The row between management and cabin crew is almost unique, and it is imperative that both sides remain in productive discussions. The work stoppages next Monday and Wednesday should be avoided at all costs. This action only serves to frustrate passengers, especially during the busy and lucrative summer months.