Aer Lingus Pilots Strike Over Pay Dispute

2 July 2024

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Approximately 500 Aer Lingus pilots, represented by the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (IALPA), went on strike at Dublin Airport this week over a pay and conditions dispute.

The strike, which began at 5am on Saturday and concluded at 1pm, resulted in the cancellation of 120 flights, impacting up to 17,000 passengers.

The pilots are demanding a pay increase of up to 24% to account for the rise in the cost of living since their last raise in 2019. However, Aer Lingus has refused to meet this demand without new productivity and flexibility concessions.

The pilots added that the strike action was also about securing better conditions and pay for junior pilots.

First Officer Chloe Halpin, who has only recently joined the company, told Irish state broadcaster RTE that she was on 10% less pay than other colleagues.

"We should only have one pay scale in Aer Lingus, that is why I am here," she said.

Aer Lingus, in a statement, apologised to passengers for the disruption and criticised IALPA's actions for causing serious reputational and financial damage to the airline.

Ireland's Labour Court hosed further talks between the two parties on Monday to try and reach an agreement.

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