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Aer Lingus flotation row resolved after Shannon talks

Published 21/09/2006

A dispute which had threatened the flotation of Aer Lingus has been resolved overnight following hurriedly arranged talks at Shannon Airport.

SIPTU members at three sections of the company had rejected the business plan drawn up as part of the flotation.

The vast majority of the union's members had already backed the plan, but under SIPTU rules, if any section rejected the document, the whole union could not support it.

The three sections in question were said to have concerns about "local issues", but they eventually accepted the plan after a human resources executive from Aer Lingus was flown to Shannon yesterday for emergency talks.

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