The Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar should immediately facilitate talks between Aer Lingus and representatives of the Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) and IMPACT to avert industrial action at the airline, according to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport Timmy Dooley TD.
Aer Lingus has said it has been served notice of industrial action to begin on Tuesday next, June 7th.
“I am concerned about this development on a number of fronts. The announcement of the action suggests there isn’t appropriate communication between the company and staff representatives on the rostering issue. This is not the first time the issues of rosters has caused uncertainty for workers and passengers and I believe a mechanism must be put in place to bring about a conclusive resolution to this issue.
“Secondly, the tourism industry has suffered significant difficulties and a dispute that leads to cancellations or deferred bookings on the part of passengers amid uncertainty is not good for the airline, the economy or the tourist industry.”
“I am calling on Minister Leo Varadkar to make direct contact will all of the parties involved here and to offer the assistance of this Department, his officials, the industrial relations machinery of the State and whatever else is required to have this dispute resolved and the industrial action called off.
Deputy Dooley concluded: “The announcement of industrial action is enough to deter people from booking trips to Ireland and the Minister should treat this matter with the utmost urgency.”