Ireland -Aer Lingus and DAA pension talks break down as new strikes loom -June 17, 2012

Talks between Aer Lingus, the Dublin Airport Authority and trade unions over the multi-employer pension scheme, Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme (IASS), broke down. Employers and unionists described the gap between their respective demands as ‘unbridgeable’.  So far, no new meeting has been scheduled, yet the resolution of the pension conflict is imperative for the government, which cannot sell its 25% stakes in Aer Lingus until then. Unions fear the airline plans to relocate its technical services currently based at Shannon airport and have announced strikes if it comes to that. Meanwhile, Aer Lingus’ request in front of the court to reduce its capital by 500 million ahead of a final ruling got side tracked when the judge admitting the case to the commercial division of the High Court expressed concerns over the 700 million deficit in the pension scheme and refused any changes until more clarity existed regarding the pension scheme.

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