Aer Lingus pilots transfer nearer to strike motion | EUROtoday

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Aer Lingus pilots have moved nearer to a potential strike after voting overwhelmingly in favour of business motion.

Pilots who’re members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) voted 99% in help of motion, as much as and together with a strike.

The pilots are in dispute with the airline over pay.

The IALPA president advised BBC Radio Ulster’s Evening Extra programme {that a} strike this summer time is “not inevitable”.

The subsequent step, Captain Mark Tighe added, was for Aer Lingus administration to “understand the strength of feeling” and “see that the pilots will not back down”.

The poll was carried out in particular person over the weekend and attracted a turnout of 89%.

IALPA members voted in favour of business motion through digital poll final week however Aer Lingus questioned the validity of the ballot.

Capt Tighe mentioned the results of the second poll was “an incredible reaffirmation of our mandate for industrial action in pursuit of a meaningful pay offer”.

Aer Lingus mentioned that “any decision by IALPA to now serve notice of industrial action would be entirely unnecessary and would result in significant disruption to the airline’s customers and to other employees”.

A spokesperson for the airline mentioned that any industrial motion wouldn’t have an effect on Aer Lingus regional companies working between Belfast and Great Britain.