Industrial action at Aer Lingus: How will it impact passengers?

Plus, Mark Paul on whether a Labour government could revive a flatlining UK economy

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On Tuesday, the pilots’ union Ialpa informed Aer Lingus of a work-to-rule that will begin on June 26th and run for an indefinite period. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

On this week’s episode of Inside Business, we begin with Aer Lingus, after pilots at the airline voted again on Monday to pursue industrial action over a long-running pay dispute with the company.

On Tuesday, the pilots’ union Ialpa announced a work-to-rule that will begin on June 26th and run for an indefinite period.

Barry O’Halloran of The Irish Times has been covering the various twists and turns in this pay dispute for many months now and he explained what impact a work-to-rule would have on Aer Lingus’s schedule.

And what could this dispute mean for customers planning costly holidays this summer? Tune in to hear Conor Pope explain what protections are in place for those booking independently or through a travel agent.


Also on this week’s podcast, we hear from Irish Times London Correspondent Mark Paul who has been on the campaign trail around the UK with the Tories and Labour.

Data from the Bank of England suggested inflation had returned to its 2 per cent target, which should be good news for the Conservative Party. Instead, Rishi Sunak has failed to generate any cut through with voters, in spite of announcing a number of tax cuts and other headline measures. But what would the economic policy of a Labour government look like?

Produced by John Casey with JJ Vernon on sound.