Fianna Fáil’s spokesperson on Transport & Tourism Timmy Dooley has expressed concern following the announcement that cabin crew attached to the IMPACT trade union have voted in favour of industrial action at Aer Lingus.  The union is threatening action up to and including a strike in response to an ongoing row over rosters.

“This is a very worrying development and comes ahead of the busy summer season.  It causes uncertainty for existing and potential passengers and could prove detrimental to the tourism industry as a whole.  As an island nation we rely on air travel for inward and outward tourism and any disruption to this service will have a negative impact on the industry and could even see visitors choose another destination with what are perceived to be more secure air links.

“I would urge both sides in this dispute to re-enter negotiations in a bid to resolve this row.  This latest threat of industrial action highlights the deep divisions between Aer Lingus management and unions, however, the public should not have to bear the brunt of these disagreements.  This is a matter of vital national importance and it is imperative that a long-term solution is reached to avoid similar action in the future”.