Planned Aer Arann pilots’ strike over pay called off following negotiations

The planned strike by Aer Arann pilots over pay, which had threatened to ground dozens of flights from next Tuesday, has been called off.

Planned Aer Arann pilots’ strike over pay called off following negotiations

Following lengthy face-to-face negotiations between airline management and the Irish Airline Pilots Association, a draft agreement emerged which will now be balloted upon by Aer Arann’s 100 pilots.

According to IALPA’s parent union, Impact, the proposed agreement re-establishes pay scale progression, which had been suspended in 2008, and establishes a retention bonus for pilots who commenced employment before Jul 22, 2012, and who remain with Aer Arann after Jun 2014.

The union said the outcome also “addresses pilots’ concerns about management’s willingness to seriously address the pay issue and paves the way to reconvene the pilot pay tribunal in 2014”.

Impact and IALPA said the agreement will be put to a secret ballot of pilots with a “strong recommendation for acceptance”.

Aer Lingus pilots had also been balloting for industrial action to be enacted in the event they were told they had tooperate the flights which would have been affected by an Aer Arann strike.

With the latter strike now averted, that ballot has now been abandoned.

Meanwhile, solicitor Paul Tweed has confirmed Ryanair has issued defamation proceedings against Channel 4/Blakeway Productions, Associated Newspapers (Mailonline) and the Mirror Group.

He said a writ of summons had also been issued in the North against the Belfast Telegraph and other litigation is pending.

The action has been sparked by a Channel 4 Dispatches programme broadcast earlier this week.

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