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Ferris calls for intervention in the Aer Lingus situation

25 January, 2011 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights Martin Ferris TD, has called on the Government to intervene in the ongoing impasse at Aer Lingus, to ensure that the company agrees to talks in order to resolve differences over new working arrangements.

Deputy Ferris said: “The situation regarding Aer Lingus cannot be allowed to continue. Members of the work force have in effect been locked out and many people have suffered severe inconvenience due to flight cancellations.

“This situation is of the company’s making. The cabin crew have already agreed to a pay cut, a reduction in holidays and other cost cutting measures. The changes which Aer Lingus are attempting to impose were not part of the agreement. Therefore the company should be compelled to enter into talks with the workers representatives and submit to arbitration through the Labour Court.” ENDS

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