Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Transport and Tourism Timmy Dooley says he’s extremely concerned that the IMPACT trade union has issued notice of industrial action on Aer Lingus.  Members of the union are planning to stage a 24 hour work stoppage on Friday 30th May at Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports in a row over rosters.

“I am very worried about the impact of this planned work stoppage by Aer Lingus cabin crew, which is planned for the Friday of the June Bank holiday weekend.   This is one of the busiest weekends of the year at the country’s main airports and now tens of thousands of passengers are facing the threat of industrial action”, commented Deputy Dooley.

“It’s no secret that relations between unions and management are strained, and have been for some time, and while I understand that morale among staff is low, this type of action should only be used as a last resort.  This 24 hour work stoppage will have a major impact on the travelling public, and the timing of it will disrupt thousands of people heading away for the long weekend.

“This action has the potential to have a seriously detrimental impact on the tourism industry here, and could tarnish Ireland’s reputation abroad.  I would urge Minister Varadkar to intervene to see if any resolution can be found.  This strike needs to be averted”.