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Discussion in 'Other Airlines | Europe' started by uggboy, May 9, 2014.
Aer Lingus cabin crew vote for industrial action in roster dispute
Aer Lingus cabin crew to strike on June bank holiday
Stoppage for 24-hours on Friday May 30th is in dispute over rostering
Getting earnest now:
Aer Lingus warns strike threat has already 'considerably damaged bookings'
AER LINGUS has warned today that a strike threat scheduled for the June bank holiday has already damaging forward bookings and impacted revenues.
Further info here:
Bank holiday strike to cost Aer Lingus up to €10m
Up to 28,000 people were booked to fly on the day of the planned work stoppage next Friday, at the start of the bank holiday weekend.
Some 18,000 of these passengers have rebooked, or been refunded, as a result of the strike due to a row over rosters.
Aviation sources estimate that the direct impact of the strike will cost Aer Lingus at least €6m in lost business and hiring in aircraft and crews for extra flights.
I think it was a brilliant decision by the Aer Lingus cabin crew to strike on a bank holiday because it struck Aer Lingus while it was on a bank holiday, meaning they cannot find anyone to replace because the headquarters and the buildings by Aer Lingus would be closed due to a bank holiday. I have to say that it is a perfect storm for Aer Lingus.
Surely the timing secures maximum impact.
Here's an update on the situation:
Last-ditch bid to halt Aer Lingus strike fails
The 24-hour strike by Aer Lingus cabin crew that has already disrupted travel plans for thousands of passengers over the bank holiday weekend will go ahead tomorrow.
The strike, round One:
Up to 800 Aer Lingus cabin crew protest in Dublin
Of course, Michael O'Leary has also something to say about the strike action at Aer Lingus:
Michael O’Leary: ‘Aer Lingus cabin crew workers are not Siberian salt miners’
“These cabin crew workers are not pilots, they don’t do the same job,” he told Newstalk’s Pat Kenny.
“These strikes are threatened three or four times a year, especially at bank holidays and this is effectively holding the public to ransom.”
And he also hit out at the management of Aer Lingus which he said had effectively let the strike go ahead.
I wonder how this new threat will help to resolve the issue at hand:
Aer Lingus to withdraw cheap travel from strike cabin crew
Aer Lingus is to withdraw cheap travel privileges from cabin crew who took part in the strike at the airline last Friday.
It is understood the airline is writing to the cabin crew involved today setting out that their travel privileges are to be suspended indefinitely.
The letter is also expected to advise staff that they will not be paid for last Friday.
Under current arrangements, staff at the airline can avail of stand-by travel on Aer Lingus flights at discount rates.
A spokesman for Aer Lingus declined to comment.
Last Friday, Ryanair, the largest shareholder in Aer Lingus, urged that sanctions be imposed against striking cabin crew.
Glimmer of hope in talks over Aer Lingus roster dispute
There is a glimmer of hope on the horizon that a row that caused severe disruption for 28,000 Aer Lingus passengers may be resolved.
It is understood the airline has told Impact it is willing to introduce a fixed-pattern roster for cabin crew, but only if it doesn't cost anything.
Sources said it tabled proposals on how this might be achieved on the first day of talks yesterday to end the dispute over rosters.
However, the talks were on a knife-edge before being adjourned for the night.
Further strikes loom as Aer Lingus cabin crew talks break down
Aer Lingus passengers are at risk of further disruption this month as talks between Aer Lingus management and cabin crew trade union officials have broken down.
IMPACT have released a statement this evening confirming that negotiations have collapsed as the airline's management has issued a take-it-or-leave-it proposal.
Union official Michale Landers said that IMPACT had been prepared to discuss outstanding issues throughout the weekend but "management had walked away", according to this evening's statement.
As a result, IMPACT intend to issue Aer Lingus management with notice of two further one-day strikes to be carried out on Monday June 16 and Wednesday June 18.
Aer Lingus passenger numbers flat despite disruption
Aer Lingus managed to report almost flat overall passenger traffic during May, despite a 24-hour work stoppage by cabin crew during the month that forced the airline to cancel most of its fights that day.
The carrier said that overall passenger traffic slipped 0.8pc in May to 924,000.
On its short-haul services, passenger numbers fell 3.5pc to 795,000. On its long-haul services, the numbers were 20.6pc higher at 129,000.
On Aer Lingus Regional services, which are operated under a franchise agreement with UK transport group Stobart Air, passenger numbers actually rose 35.6pc to 122,000.
Aer Lingus supports third-party assistance in crew dispute
Aer Lingus has said it would welcome the assistance of a third party in dealing with its dispute with cabin crew who are planning two days of strike action later this month.
The airline said it would support the involvement of a third party who could establish the facts in the current row over rosters and “direct the parties in a neutral manner to jointly undertake the analysis required to resolve the issue”.
Cabin crew are to take the action in an intensification of the dispute over rosters at the airline.
Labour Relations Commission available in Aer Lingus dispute
The Government has urged both sides in the Aer Lingus dispute to attend the Labour Relations Commission to try to broker a compromise, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said today.
Mr Varadkar called for an end to “megaphone diplomacy”, saying the Government body was available to both sides to help resolve the dispute over rosters.
“If the union and the company can’t resolve the situation by bilateral talks they should now go to Labour Relations Commission, and the Government is inviting them to to to the Labour Relations Commission, which is a Government body, and they will try and broker a compromise.”
Mueller warns Aer Lingus staff about job security
Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller has warned staff that their job security and working conditions are being damaged every day the company is hit by strike action.
In a letter sent to the airline’s 4,000 employees in the wake of the announcement of two 24-hour work stoppages planned for next week, he said they enjoyed some of the best working conditions and employment security in Ireland and in the aviation industry internationally. He said staff should understand “the irrevocable consequences of another strike”.
He said a previous 24-hour strike by cabin crew late last month had been the most damaging industrial action experienced by the airline for more than a decade, had cost it a significant amount of money and lost it the confidence and support of its most loyal customers.
Aer Lingus passenger numbers dip in May, figures include 'strike' Friday
NEW figures show total passenger numbers fell at Aer Lingus in May, with the data including the Bank Holiday 'strike' Friday while fell on May 30.
The airline carried few short haul passengers than in April with the figures down by 3.5pc to 795,000.
But its long-haul numbers were up by 20.6pc to 129,000 but overall there was an 0.8pc drop in the figures.
The figures include the Friday of the last bank holiday when cabin crew held pickets over proposed roster changes
The union cannot pick and choose and it felt to me that they are the "bad guys" here.
Labour Court intervenes in Aer Lingus dispute
The Labour Court has intervened in the dispute between Aer Lingus management and cabin crew which threatens to disrupt the travel plans of around 70,000 people next week.
The Labour Court has invited management and the trade union Impact, which represents cabin crew, to a hearing on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Aer Lingus said it would attend the Labour Court. Cabin crew have also accepted the invitation.
UPDATE, and it's a good one for passengers:
Travel chaos averted: Two Aer Lingus strikes called off
Two strikes that would have caused travel chaos for up to 80,000 Aer Lingus passengers next week have been called off.
Passengers due to fly on Monday and Wednesday can breathe a sigh of relief, after a union for cabin crew suspended the industrial action.
The move came after IMPACT accepted a Labour Court request to halt the 24-hour strikes.
Passengers had been in limbo as the airline waited to see if an eleventh-hour intervention by the court would avert the work stoppages.
Aer Lingus to hire 20 extra cabin crew and restore privileges in Labour Court deal
Aer Lingus will hire 20 new cabin crew members and restore low-cost travel privileges to staff after it accepted a recommendation from the Labour Court.
The airline will also continue to engage in discussions with IMPACT trade union, while both sides will set up a technical group which will work together to bring in a fixed 'five days on, three days off' roster for short-haul flights.
Labour Court chairman Kevin Duffy outlined in yesterday's recommendations that the arrangement should deliver a high level of productivity without affecting the airline's cost base as per its previous Greenfield cost-reduction agreement.
Cabin crew working on the airline's San Francisco route are also to be granted a third day off post-duty as per the recommendations.
Thanks for following up on this story. Reminds me how screwed up the world is. Employees setting their work conditions. Just brilliant.
Not really screwed up, there were real problems with the existing working conditions and rosters, for example the "old" arrangement let to exhaustion and there were reports of flight attendants had to work 6 days a week up to 10 hours with only 1 day off work, additional reports talked about adverse health effects on flight attendants and feeling unwell incl. fainting on flights due to work pressures. These are legitimate concerns on the employee side, it's actually good that a company such as Aer Lingus now seems to understand what's at stake here and that a resolution could now be found thanks to mediation before the Labour Court in Dublin. Overall, there needs to be an understanding that employees are people too, and when employees are happy I'm sure that's positive for passengers and for the company in the longer term ahead. It's a win / win.
That's great to know....
Record month for Aer Lingus Regional in May
Passenger numbers at Aer Lingus Regional rose by 35 per cent in May, according to new figures.
The airline, which is operated by Stobart Air, said it flew a record 122,079 passengers last month. This is 31,589 more passengers than for May 2013 and 1,191 than the previous record set in August 2013.
Aer Lingus Regional said total passenger numbers for the year to date are up 23 per cent. Passenger numbers for the airline’s Dublin routes are up 49 per cent versus the same period last year.
"Give us what we want, or we'll go on strike, bringing your company crashing down." That doesn't sound screwed up to you?
No one's disputing that, it's the manner being used to address them.
And the employees need to understand that if they bring the company down, they won't have to worry about working conditions, because they'll be out of work.