The Irish Times - Thursday, March 11, 2010
MARTIN WALL Industry Correspondent
All 1,200 Aer Lingus cabin crew in the Republic of Ireland are to be sent notices of termination of their employment next month and offered new contracts involving lower salary scales and changed work practices.
Following the implementation of new work practices, which will reduce its requirement for the current staffing levels, the company will cut its cabin crew workforce by around 230.
The personnel concerned are to be let go on a compulsory basis, and offered statutory redundancy terms of two weeks per year of service.
The company said the process to select the staff to be let go was continuing.
The move follows the rejection by cabin crew of the terms of a controversial â‚¬97 million cost-saving deal which involved over 600 voluntary redundancies, pay cuts and work practice changes.
Is Aer lingus becoming a worse employer than Ryan Air in terms of sacking 1200 cabin crew and re-employing all but 230 on lower rates of pay and minimum redundancy packages? I for one will not be flying Aer Lingus again