Belfast Telegraph

Aer Lingus staff vote for festive strike plan

BY NICK WEBB

Air travellers are facing the threat of an Aer Lingus strike during the busy run-up to Christmas as the airline's cabin crew have voted for industrial action.

It's thought any strike action will affect operations across the airline, including from its hub at Belfast City Airport.

The vote for industrial action was prompted by disagreements over rosters and the fallout from the closure of an Aer Lingus cabin crew base at Shannon in the Republic.

The cabin staff are members of the Impact union and 91% have now voted in favour of action in a ballot. The union will make its decision in the coming days over its next step.

An Impact spokesman described a strike as "a distinct possibility".

It is the latest in a series of dramatic strike threats from various Aer Lingus employee groups.

Last August, Aer Lingus pilots made noises about striking in support of Aer Arann pilots protesting over pay. Then a planned two-hour shutdown of Aer Lingus in November 2012 was called off at the last minute.

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