Craft unions at Aer Lingus vote to accept pay deal

Members voted by over 66% to accept a Labour Court recommendation

Craft unions at Aer Lingus vote to accept pay deal

Passengers at an Aer Lingus desk at Dublin Airport's Terminal 2 | Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

Updated: 19.50

A number of trade unions which represent craft workers at Aer Lingus have voted to accept a Labour Court pay deal.

The group includes staff such as baggage handlers, cleaners and boarding personnel.

Unite, TEEU and SIPTU members voted by over 66% to accept the deal brokered at the beginning of September.

It will see workers get an 8.5% pay rise over 39 months.

Unite regional officer Willie Quigley, who chairs the craft group of unions in Aer Lingus, said that unions will now engage with management in relation to other elements of the Labour Court recommendation.

"This ballot result means that all craft and non-craft grades have voted to accept the Labour Court recommendation on pay.

"However, there is still work to be done to ensure that Aer Lingus workers share fully in Aer Lingus's success, having made significant sacrifices to help the airline survive during the recession.

"The craft unions will now engage with Aer Lingus management in relation to the other three elements of the Labour Court recommendation."

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These include productivity and license pay, as well as profit-sharing arrangements.

Aer Lingus says it welcomes acceptance of the recommendation.

The company says: "This is an important landmark recommendation for our organisation. It marks the first recommendation of its type as a private company since the acquisition by IAG.

"This outcome followed 12 months of engagement with staff representatives locally, at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) and the subsequently the Labour Court.

"Aer Lingus CEO, Stephen Kavanagh, expresses his sincere thanks to the Workplace Relations Commission and the Labour Court for their work in helping the parties reach this agreement."

SIPTU, Unite and the TEEU organise approximately 200 craft grade workers at the airline.