Aer Lingus strikes deal to avoid strike

Aer Lingus strikes deal to avoid strike

Potential strike action at Irish flag-carrier Aer Lingus has been called off following a deal between pilot’s unions at the carrier.

Thousands of passengers had faced disruption today as pilots threatened to walk out in a dispute over the implementation of a new roster.

However, following discussions with the pilot trade union IALPA-IMPACT over the weekend, Aer Lingus confirmed it would operate a full schedule today.

“Aer Lingus can confirm that the immediate threat of industrial action, due to commence Tuesday June 7th, has been removed,” read a statement.

“Customers who have already changed bookings to another date, may change back to their original planned date of travel if they so wish.

“Aer Lingus apologises to its customers for the inconvenience caused to them by the recent uncertainty over our scheduled operations.”

Industrial Action

Some 15 hours of talks at the Labour Relations Commission (LRC) were needed to avert the immediate threat of strike action at the carrier.

Aer Lingus now has until July 1st to resolve the remaining difficulties with the pilots’ union.

In general terms, pilots want a longer-term roster instead of the current week-to-week schedule, as it prevents them from planning ahead.

The airline has agreed to create a new system for this, which means that the flights that were due to be disrupted will operate as scheduled.