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Aer Lingus staff threatened with redundancies

Aer Lingus is threatening 1,100 compulsory redundancies if staff do not approve a €97m (£85m) cuts programme.

The staff are currently balloting on the measures which include staff cost reductions of about €74m (£65m) and about 700 redundancies, along with pay cuts and pension changes.

Agreement was reached with pilots, cabin crew, ground staff and craft workers in recent weeks.

It is understood, however, that management now fear staff may not accept the proposals.

Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller has briefed his management team to |prepare ‘Plan B' to secure the |required cost savings through compulsory redundancies and a significant fleet reduction.

Meanwhile, the controversial Hangar 6 at Dublin Airport, which was at the centre of a row between Ryanair and the Irish government, is to be used as a new centralised staff operations centre for Aer Lingus. It already houses the airline's maintenance division and has space for 400 staff in modern offices.

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