Union to hear Aer Lingus meeting report

Siptu shop stewards from Cork, Dublin and Shannon will meet on Thursday to hear a report from a meeting between union officials and Aer Lingus advisers.

The union’s national industrial secretary, Michael Halpenny, said that even with a Government decision on the privatisation of Aer Lingus imminent, the situation with regard to the pension deficit is still unclear.

“Management have only now forwarded a copy of the strategic business plan to the union – well over a month after they said they would let us have it,” he said.

“Significant elements of the current business plan – including the numbers of permanent jobs – remain unresolved.

“We will have a full discussion with our shop stewards about the implications of any decision by the Government which affects our members’ terms and conditions of employment and exactly what measures we need to take in order to protect them.”

The meeting will be held in Alsa, Dublin Airport, at 10am.

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