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Strike negotiations yield breakthrough for Aer Lingus

Strike negotiations have seen a breakthrough in a union dispute with Aer Lingus.

08 February 2011

Strike negotiations between the Impact trade union and Aer Lingus have prompted a suspension of industrial action.

The dispute, which has caused widespread disruption for the airline's services, came after workers refused to sign up to an increase in annual flight hours.

Impact reported that the strike had been called off and Aer Lingus would be putting hundreds of staff back on its payroll after both sides conceded to accept arbitration from the Labour Relations Commission.

Michael Grealy, chief human resources officer with the airline, told Ireland's RTE that his company has secured its objective in terms of flight hours.

"The dispute is affectively now over and flights should start returning to normal pretty quickly," he said.

The Herald reports that disruptions from the industrial action saw passengers on a flight from Lyons to Dublin delayed by 18 hours and chairman Colm Barrington told RTE that it was having a detrimental effect on bookings.
 

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