Stobart Air seeks to avert strike action by cabin crew

The airline operates flights for Aer Lingus’s regional branch at Irish and UK cities

A Stobart Air plane for Aer Lingus’s regional service, at Donegal Airport. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A Stobart Air plane for Aer Lingus’s regional service, at Donegal Airport. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

 

Stobart Air has contacted the trade union representing cabin crew in a bid to avert a strike at the airline.

Directly employed members of union Fórsa at Stobart voted this week for industrial action, threatening the Aer Lingus Regional flights that the carrier operates under contract for the larger airline.

A Fórsa spokesman confirmed on Thursday that there was “contact between the parties at the moment” but indicated that there had been no further developments.

The union had been considering serving strike notice on Stobart within 24 hours of confirming the result of its members’ vote on Wednesday. It is understood that it has not taken this step.

Cabin crew are in dispute with Stobart over pay, working conditions and union recognition.

More than 100 of them are members of Fórsa, whose affiliate, the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association, has been in talks with the company.

Stobart says that it maintains an “engaged and collaborative relationship with all staff” and is committed to dialogue.

The Aer Lingus contract is one of its main businesses. Stobart flies routes linking the Republic with provincial British airports.

The service feeds passengers into Aer Lingus’s transatlantic flights at Dublin Airport.