Crisis talks as Aer Lingus pilots are balloted on strike
AER ARANN pilots and management were locked in discussions through the night in an effort to avert planned strike action that could also ground Aer lingus flights.
While the talks were ongoing to resolve the pay issue at the centre of the dispute, Aer Lingus pilots were balloted on whether to go on all-out strike in support of Aer Arann colleagues.
A 'yes' vote could result in a full shutdown of all Aer Lingus services.
In a memo to all staff, Aer Lingus management said that if the strike goes ahead, it faced the prospect of cancelling its entire schedule, suspending certain flights or running a limited schedule. Aer Arann pilots have threatened to strike next Tuesday and Wednesday.
This would be followed by two days normal working before they strike again the following Saturday and Sunday.
If the Aer Lingus pilots vote to take any action they would still have to serve notice on management.
By the time that notice would be effective, it is possible Aer Arann pilots will already have secured agreement with its management and ceased any planned action.