Tuesday, October 30 14:33:32
Aer Lingus unions today served strike notice on the airline in a dispute over pensions with the action to start with a two-hour stoppage between 10am and 12 noon on Monday 19th November.
The unions - IMPACT, SIPTU, TEEU and Unite - will attend information meetings at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports.
This follows the suspension of talks at the Labour Relations Commission last week on how to deal with a E748 million deficit in the pension scheme which covers both workers at Aer Lingus and at the Dublin Airport Authority.
Aer Lingus has refused to attend the Labour Court on the issue.
Representatives at today's meeting expressed anger at Aer Lingus's refusal to attend the Labour Court. They said there was a double standard in ministerial statements of support for this decision after ministers recently strongly criticised a consultants' association for refusing to attend a recent Labour Court hearing.
The unions said they will also ask the Labour Relations Commission to reconvene negotiations between Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and its unions.