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Hopes Aer Lingus strike may be averted

Tuesday, June 10 16:03:25

Aer Lingus management and representatives of cabin crew union IMPACT have accepted an invitation to talks at the Labour Court tomorrow in a bid to avert two further one-day strikes at the airline next week.

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has expressed hopeful optimism for the Labour Relations Court meeting.

Pat Dawson, CEO of the ITAA said, "We welcome this move by Leo Varadkar and the Labour Court to bring the two conflicted parties together to reopen the lines of communication. We hope that both parties will enter the negotiations with an open mind and that they will work in unison to resolve this issue in a manner that is satisfactory for all involved."

Martin Skelly, President of the ITAA said, "Our primary concern is for the consumers who will once again be unduly affected on the 16th and 18th of June should these strikes go ahead. The proposed strikes would once again put unfair inconvenience and additional costs onto the consumers".