Aer Lingus strikes compromise with unions

Deal timely as airline hopes to restart flying within weeks

Aer Lingus has agreed with unions that it will row back from cost-cutting plans Photograph: Tom Honan

Aer Lingus has agreed with unions that it will row back from cost-cutting plans Photograph: Tom Honan

Signs that a deal may be possible with Aer Lingus unions have probably come just in time for the Irish airline, which, along with all others in Europe, has been largely grounded by Covid-19 travel bans for the past three months, but now hopes to restart some flying within weeks.

Aer Lingus has agreed with unions, including Siptu and Fórsa, that it will row back from cost-cutting plans due to run until August, including further pay cuts and reducing staff levels to 30 per cent, and reverse plans for temporary lay-offs at Shannon. In return, staff must agree to work-practice changes.

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