IALPA executive to consider Labour Court recommendation ahead of pilot ballot

IALPA, the professional body for Irish airline pilots, and a branch of Fórsa trade union, will convene a meeting of its executive in the next 24 hours to consider the Labour Court’s recommendation, issued today (Monday 8th July), following last week’s hearing on the pay dispute between IALPA and Aer Lingus.

Following the IALPA executive’s consideration of the recommendation, the union will commence preparations for a ballot of IALPA members.

IALPA president Captain Mark Tighe said the union will contact the Labour Court to confirm its understanding of some elements of the recommendation.

He added that a ballot will provide pilots with an opportunity to carefully consider the terms of the recommendation: “In advance of preparations for a ballot – and during which the current work-to-rule is set to continue – the union will ensure pilots are fully apprised of the details of the Labour Court’s recommendation.

“Pilots will have the opportunity to consider its terms and to carefully consider our next steps.

“This has been an exceptionally complex dispute, reflected in the Court’s decision last week to utilise its legislative powers to investigate the matters in dispute.

“Several of our executive officers are on flight duty today, so we’re currently preparing for the full executive to meet within the next 24 hours,” he said.

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