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Planned Industrial Action At Cork Airport Ahead Of August Bank Holiday Weekend Now Might Not Go Ahead

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03:49 29 Jul 2023

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Planned industrial action, which was due to impact passengers at Cork airport ahead of the August Bank Holiday weekend, might not now go ahead.

The airline and pilots' union involved in are to meet early next week.

The trade union Fórsa had warned that a pilot work-stoppage next Friday could be the start of rolling-stoppages if the carrier Emerald Airlines didn't come to the negotiation table.

Pilots at the airline, which operates the regional services for Aer Lingus, including between between Bristol and Cork, served notice of the 24-hour work stoppage on Friday, the 4th August.

The industrial action was in response to the airline’s alleged failure to engage with IALPA, the professional association which represents pilots in Ireland.

The union wants a collective labour agreement for pilots employed at the carrier.

The union now says it has ceased all current and planned industrial action ahead of talks to take place at 10am on Monday 'to allow for meaningful engagement'.

Speaking to RedFM News earlier this week, Fórsa's Niall Shanahan says members were prepared to escalate their action if necessary:

"The ballot, which took place in May, provides a mandate for industrial action, up to and including strike action. And so, next Friday stoppage, unless there's a change of view among management, and unless they begin to engage with the union, this could the first in a series of one-day stoppages, or it could escalate to all out industrial action - but that remains to be seen".

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