Fórsa demands showdown on Aer Lingus ‘theft’ claims

Fórsa has demanded an urgent meeting with Aer Lingus after its management told a national newspaper that staff were stealing ‘many millions’ worth of company stock.

The union received hundreds of calls and emails from outraged cabin crew when the article was published yesterday (Sunday). It has advised staff to complain directly to the company’s HR department.

The union received hundreds of calls and emails from outraged cabin crew when the article was published yesterday (Sunday). It has advised staff to complain directly to the company’s HR department.

Fórsa official Ashley Connolly spoke to senior management yesterday and has written to the head of HR this morning. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions is also seeking a meeting on behalf of staff across the airline.

Speaking to journalists yesterday, a Fórsa spokesperson said: “Aer Lingus management has put forward no evidence to support this outrageous claim. The company is at liberty to discipline staff, through long-established procedures, for any wrongdoing, or to report theft to Gardai. It has done neither.

“There has been no complaint against members of cabin crew, who are loyal and honest workers, as well as being a huge marketing asset to the airline. We are at a loss as to why the company has chosen to publically smear it staff in this way.”