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Aer Lingus Industrial action strike to disrupt Belfast Airport

Thursday 23 Oct 2008 7:11am

Aer Lingus employees are to vote on industrial action that could affect passengers using Belfast International Airport this winter. The airline's employees are reacting to the news that around 1,500 jobs will be lost with significant outsourcing measures in the pipeline that will see Aer Lingus tries to slash its outgoings by £57 million. Siptu, the trade union involved, has announced it plans to ballot its members on whether or not to tale full-scale industrial action that would see hundreds of flights from Belfast International Airport cancelled. Christina Carney, a Union official said: 'To export jobs during a recession is unacceptable, and we will fight any attempts to do that. That fight begins by talking with management. ' The controversial Aer Lingus cost reduction plan includes the closure of cabin crew bases at London Heathrow Airport and Shannon Airport, as well as hiring American crews to work transatlantic routes. Currently, the Irish airline serves ten European destinations from Belfast International Airport, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Heathrow Airport, Paris and Rome.

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