Aer Lingus workers have today backed an alternative cost-cutting plan hammered out with the airline’s bosses.
Almost eight in 10 Siptu trade union members balloted accepted the deal which will include lay-offs, lower pay and changed working terms.
Union leaders said the poll result was the first step towards preventing original company plans to outsource 1,300 jobs in an attempt to save €50m.
“It is now a matter for the company to evaluate the options each individual has made under the alternative cost savings plan to see if it provides a viable option”, said Gerry McCormack, Siptu national industrial secretary.
Siptu said the company is looking for a 7% permanent cut in staff in Cork and Dublin, and for 35% of workers to be made permanently redundant from Shannon.
Half of the remaining staff will be switched onto lower pay and conditions through the ’leave and return’ deal agreed by the union and Aer Lingus chiefs more than a week ago.
This 50% will need to be drawn almost evenly from each section, including catering, clerical, cargo handling, baggage handling, check in staff, and cleaning, for the figures to add up.
Each worker will tomorrow formally tell the airline if they want to remain on their current terms, take redundancy and leave the company altogether, or avail of the ’leave and return’ scheme.
Both the airline and Siptu will then assess the figures to see if the alternative cost-cutting plan will work deliver the savings needed.
“In doing this we will have the expert assistance of Eugene McMahon of auditors Mazars, who played an invaluable role in the process of identifying alternative savings to the original outsourcing strategy proposed by management,” said Mr McCormack.
Trade union Impact, which represents cabin crew, are to reveal the result of their ballot on the cost-cutting plans at the weekend.