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Aer Lingus Reportedly Wants To Freeze Workers' Pay For Five Years

Published on Jun 8 2021 1:45 PM in General Industry tagged: Aer Lingus / Cork Airport / SIPTU / Unions / Fórsa

Aer Lingus Reportedly Wants To Freeze Workers' Pay For Five Years

According to The Irish Times, Aer Lingus wants to freeze workers' pay for five years amidst a difficult period for the group due to COVID-19.

The Irish airline is also proposing sharp cuts in rates paid to new cabin and ground crew.

Pay Freeze

The group began talks with unions last week on the issue of employee cuts at the business.

The company has told trade unions Siptu and Fórsa that it wishes to freeze pay until 2026, cut sick pay, and introduce reduced rates for new crew.

According to a union source, their main fears revolve around the proposals focusing on staff pre-2009 pay and conditions, which amounts to one-third of the workforce.

Should the proposals take place, changes include new ground crew being paid an entry rate of €12.30 an hour with 13 weeks full sick pay and 13 weeks at 75 percent sick pay.

New cabin crew would start at €23,362 per annum (currently €25,973), with the possibility of extra points being added to their pay scale.

Aer Lingus also wishes to freeze all points on so-called 'legacy pay scales' above the last three points from the top rate, meaning on a 15 point scale, all workers on point 12 and above would remain on that pay.

Cork Airport

Another issue faced by the unions representing Aer Lingus workers is the proposed temporary lay off facing Cork Airport staff between September 12th and November 22nd.

The airline intends to lay off the employees while work is being completed on the airport's runway.

Fórsa, which represents 2,000 Aer Lingus cabin crew, is urging the airline to reconsider this action, as those employees will not be entitled to the State PUP, as the scheme will have closed to new entries.

Aer Lingus lost €361 million in 2020 and €103 million in the first three months of 2021.

© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Conor Farrelly. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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