Up To 40,000 People Negatively Impacted
Chambers Ireland has today (19/05/14) called on IMPACT Cabin Crew in Aer Lingus to suspend their proposed strike action on Friday 30th May.
Speaking this morning, Chambers Ireland Chief Executive Ian Talbot said “Whether this strike goes ahead or not, significant damage has already been done. While the trigger happy tactic of threatening a strike with a view to causing maximum disruption is something we have seen before in other jurisdictions, applying it here is seriously detrimental to Ireland’s reputation as a tourist destination. More than 28,000 people who are due to fly in and out of the country on Bank Holiday Friday have now been left with their travel plans in chaos. This does not take into account the thousands of people who had yet to book a flight when Aer Lingus were forced to suspend sales.”
“This disruption will lead to many people cancelling their flights and visits resulting in significant losses to businesses across the country. This clearly impacts on business, but it especially impacts on jobs. This strike threat is also hard to take when one reviews the facts and the really positive working conditions under which Aer Lingus Cabin Crew operate compared with their competitors.”
“Threatened action such as this also damages Ireland’s reputation as a great place to do business. We urge both parties to engage to find a solution to this problem before any more damage is done,” he concluded.