The pilots of Irish regional carrier Aer Arann voted last month by a 91-percent margin to initiate a pair of two-day strikes starting August 20. Plans called for the strikes to affect Aer Arann-coded flights and regional flights it operates on behalf of Aer Lingus.
According to the Impact trade union, the dispute stems from management’s refusal to end a pay freeze in place since 2008 and restore 10-percent pay cuts carried out in 2009. According to the union, no justification exists for continuing the austerity measures now that the company has returned to a sound commercial footing with a new, “lucrative” long-term franchise agreement with Aer Lingus.
Impact lifted a strike notice last year after the company agreed to enter arbitration on the pay issue. The sides then agreed to “review” pay this year, but management has since refused to lift the five-year-old pay freeze, said the union.
A notice issued by the union on August 12 called for the strikes to run from August 20 to 21 and from August 24 to 25.