Aer Lingus Backs Down On Threat To Introduce New Pay Scale For Senior Cabin Crew
Aer Lingus has backed down on a threat to introduce a reduced new pay scale for senior cabin crew, but new recruits will still start on new lower wages, according to the latest version of the airline’s structural change plan.
As reported by The Irish Independent, the document includes a pay freeze until 2024 and a range of other cutbacks, as well as a clause that would prohibit employees from "any changes that will cause an increase in costs", including strike action.
The proposal reportedly still includes an assortment of cutbacks, but the plan to reduce the current 15-point pay scale of employees who joined the airline before 2012 to 12 points, meaning potential losses of thousands of euro, had reportedly caused huge disquiet among older cabin crew at Aer Lingus.
The airline has reportedly also backed off from a plan to cut sick leave entitlements for current employees.
New Cabin Crew Members
New cabin crew members who that by Aer Lingus, once an aviation recovery takes hold, will reportedly face a cut in starting rates compared to their colleagues.
The pay scale for post 2012 will reportedly be increased to six points, with a new starting point of €24,617.52 added for new entrants, which is reportedly down from the current starting point on that scale of €25,973.52.
Sick leave terms for new entrants will reportedly also be decreased if Aer Lingus manages to push the changes through.
Where Crew Members Should Sit For Breaks
The document reportedly also details where crew members should sit for their "nutritional opportunities [breaks]" available for employees on the Aer Lingus's new Airbus A321.
Credits And Commissions
Credits and commissions earned by employees would reportedly be lowered under the proposal, which is reportedly likely to be put to ballot.
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