Blog, January 21, 2011
By Jason Walsh
National airline Aer Lingus has been accused of “intimidating” staff.
Aer Lingus has been accused of attempting to frighten cabin crew into complying with new regulations, using threats of dismissal.
Union Impact, which represents most of the airline’s 1,000 cabin crew, said management had misjudged the mood of staff by issuing threats to sack them.
A union spokesperson said: “This afternoon’s apparent attempt to frighten cabin crew into submission and divide a unified group of professional colleagues has completely misjudged the mood of cabin crew and, if anything, will make it harder to find a solution to this problem. Cabin crew are absolutely solid in their support for one another and in their determination to protect their working conditions and a reasonable work-life balance.”
The accusation has come as part of the ongoing industrial dispute between cabin crew management at the airline.
The airline’s commercial director, Enda Corneille, has said cabin crew who refuse to operate the new rosters could be sacked.
Today 280 uniformed cabin crew marched to Aer Lingus headquarters at Dublin Airport to deliver a letter to the company’s chief executive Christoph Mueller.