Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport and Tourism, Timmy Dooley TD, has called for the dispute between Aer Lingus management and cabin crew members to be referred to the Labour Relations Commission.

Deputy Dooley was commenting after 91% of cabin crew members in the IMPACT trade union voted for strike action yesterday over disputes with management regarding rosters and alleged breaches of existing agreements.

“It is time for Minister Leo Varadkar to involve the Labour Relations machinery in the situation,” said Deputy Dooley.

“He should call on the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) to mediate in the dispute as soon as possible. We cannot have a protracted standoff that could lead to strike action in the run-up to Christmas. It is obvious that management and cabin crew members at Aer Lingus are deeply divided and third party intervention is required.

“The public is becoming weary with the constant threats of industrial action at Aer Lingus, hopefully an LRC intervention can iron out the problems at the company and people returning home to Ireland for Christmas can do so without the danger of their flight plans being disrupted.”