Lonely Planet Writer

Union rejects Aer Lingus takeover assurances

Aer Lingus hopes of receiving backing from one of Ireland’s biggest trade unions on their €1.36 billion takeover by IAG have been dealt a blow this week.

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214. Image by Aero Icarus/CC BY-SA 2.0
Aer Lingus. Image by Aero Icarus / CC BY-SA 2.0

The union, SIPTU, claims that assurances they received from the airline over staffing terms and condition in the event of a takeover doesn’t go far enough.

The Irish Examiner reports a union statement as describing their response as too vague. SIPTU wants Aer Lingus to give them a Registered Employment Agreement or a similar commitment along those lines. Unless there were such guarantees, the Irish government should not back such a sale, the unions said.