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Hard man Martin says it’s ‘shocking’ that public being ignored in Aer Lingus dispute




According to the Tánaiste, it is “shocking” how little both parties in the Aer Lingus conflict were doing to meet the requirements of Irish travellers, reports RTE.

Michael Martin has urged to the management of Aer Lingus and the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) to “get around the table” based on the current Labour Court ruling.

Due to a salary disagreement, pilots are scheduled to start their indefinite strike on Wednesday, which will cause significant anxiety for thousands of customers planning to fly with Aer Lingus throughout the upcoming week.

Speaking during a conference of EU foreign ministers being held in Luxembourg, Mr Martin said: “I think it is shocking the degree to which the needs of those who travel are being, in my view, ignored in the context of this dispute,” reports RTE.

“There’s only one way to resolve this, it’s through negotiations and getting around the table. It is that simple by the way, and all disputes end, and the most effective way that they end is by utilising the industrial relations machinery that we have available in the State, which is the WRC and the Labour Court,” he added, reports RTE.

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