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Aer Lingus pilots to consider strike negotiations?

The Irish airline's pilots have voted to go on strike.

01 June 2011

Aer Lingus pilots have voted to go on strike, a decision that could lead to union bargaining.

The Irish Airline Pilots' Association's (IALPA's) members are 87 per cent in favour of the action, which may bring about a complete cancellation of services.

Employees have indicated that they intend to report for duty one hour late for their shift and they will not work on rostered-free days or when on annual leave from June 7th.

Strike negotiations could now occur with the IALPA and Aer Lingus to try and force a resolution between the pair.

Christoph Mueller, chief executive officer of the airline, said: "This withdrawal of flexibility will destroy our ability to operate a proper schedule as we will miss our airport slot times, parking stands [and] gate positions."

He added unless IALPA - which has been in operation since 1946 - stands down, there will be serious disruptions for customers.

Posted by Edel Quinn 

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