Aer Lingus hopes to avoid Christmas strike action by staff

Aer Lingus hopes to avoid Christmas strike action by staff

Aer Lingus said it hopes travel disruption for passengers in the run up to Christmas can be avoided, following yesterday's union ballot.

Yesterday, cabin crew voted in favour of industrial action which could include strike action.

Staff were balloted over roster dispute as well the closure of the cabin crew base at Shannon Airport which will see a loss of 87 jobs.

The dispute is now in the hands of the Labour Relations Commission, who will consider the matter and issue recommendations.

"The LRC process we have committed ourselves to is always the first step, and industrial action is the very last step," said Christoph Mueller, CEO of Aer Lingus.

"So we have to go through a couple of things. Yes, I heard the ballot was, as someone said, 'overwhelmingly positive' - we will see."

He said the company would await the outcome of the LRC process before taking things to 'the next level'.

Staff are required to give the company at least seven days' notice of industrial action, which provides a buffer period for discussion.


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