Unions fight to avert 1,300 Aer Lingus job cuts

Aer
Lingus bosses are holding showdown talks with unions over plans to axe 1,300
jobs.

Leaders
from the country’s biggest union, Siptu, and the other main representative at
the airline, Impact, are meeting senior officials to fight the new three-year
plan.

Aer
Lingus has agreed to a new business plan to move the airline to a low-fare
operation and cut staff numbers by a quarter.

But
union leaders have warned they will fight the proposed changes, and have
claimed the company has so far failed to make a case for the cuts.

Unions
have also claimed the company has already made around 3,000 redundancies over
the past three years in an attempt to rescue the airline.

But
it is believed company managers want to cut costs by a further 10 per cent to
compete with rival competitors.

By Mike Berry

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