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# impact - Saturday 4 June, 2011

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Aer Lingus talks break down, water supplies could be hit by hot weather, and one man’s year-long battle with Croagh Patrick nears an end.

# impact - Friday 3 June, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Friday

In today’s Fix: Mladic reacts to “monstrous” charges; Aer Lingus talks continue; new MRSA superbug in Dublin hospitals; and MI6 pull off ‘Operation Cupcake’.

# impact - Thursday 2 June, 2011

TALKS INVOLVING the pilots’ branch of the IMPACT trade union (IALPA) and Aer Lingus which began at the Labour Relations Commission today have adjourned for the night. The talks are set to resume tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm. IALPA said in a statement this evening that some progress was made today, but did not provide further details. The talks are aimed at preventing threatened industrial action by the airline’s pilots next week, potentially causing major disruptions for passengers. The dispute centres on staff rosters.

# impact - Tuesday 31 May, 2011

Airport chaos looms as Aer Lingus pilots threaten strike action

Thirty thousand people could be affected if pilots go ahead with threatened industrial action from next Tuesday. Eighty-seven per cent of pilots represented by IALPA voted in favour of a strike.

# impact - Thursday 26 May, 2011

Croke Park targets for local government staffing 'already met'

IMPACT’s national secretary tells its annual conference that local government staffing targets for this year have been met already.

# impact - Thursday 12 May, 2011

IMPACT asks civil service to 'look beyond' Croke Park deal

IMPACT’s general secretary tells a conference that a more sophisticated approach to redeployment is needed.

# impact - Thursday 5 May, 2011

Aer Lingus may have to consider further job cuts

The airline says the continued weakness of the Irish economy means its profits won’t be as high as first expected.

# impact - Thursday 24 March, 2011

No reversal on pay cuts: Noonan

The Minister for Finance has ruled out a reversal on 5 per cent pay cuts to school secretaries and non-teaching staff.

# impact - Saturday 5 March, 2011

School secretaries vote for industrial action over wage cuts

72 per cent of school secretaries and caretakers vote for industrial action over a 5 per cent pay cut imposed in January.

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you really need to know by 9am: A race against time for coalition talks, the Queen’s visit is labelled “premature”, and cheaper electricity prices on the way.

# impact - Monday 7 February, 2011

From Business ETC Aer Lingus action led to 22,000 cancelled January bookings Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus action led to 22,000 cancelled January bookings

The airline’s bookings for January were down by 17 per cent on the same month the previous year, before cancellations.

# impact - Sunday 6 February, 2011

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know: FG to outline its plans for HSE abolition; two protesters killed in Tunisia; UK police given good cycling advice.

# impact - Friday 4 February, 2011

IMPACT suspends Aer Lingus action after talks breakthrough

Staff return to the payroll after suspending industrial action, pending a ruling from the Labour Relations Commission.

# impact - Wednesday 2 February, 2011

More flights cancelled as Aer Lingus dispute talks continue

Talks at the LRC set to resume today in bid to end dispute over new rosters which is now in its third week.

# impact - Tuesday 1 February, 2011

Aer Lingus dispute talks continue at LRC

Efforts to resolve the ongoing dispute over new rosters at the airline will resume today at the Labour Relations Commission as a further 20 flights are cancelled.

# impact - Monday 31 January, 2011

Begg appointed to Aer Lingus board as talks continue

The general secretary of ICTU becomes a non-executive director as talks on new rosters continue at the LRC.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things you need to know this morning, including: Micheál Martin set to name new front bench; Egyptian protests set to continue for seventh day; and the Geezer Bandit strikes again.

# impact - Sunday 30 January, 2011

Aer Lingus says dispute is hitting bookings

There is still no end to the dispute in sight following yesterday’s unsuccessful meeting – and the uncertainty is putting off potential passengers.

# impact - Saturday 29 January, 2011

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Egypt’s under-fire president sacks his cabinet, woman dies in Dublin house fire, and why men are more likely to forgive cheating women…

# impact - Friday 28 January, 2011

Aer Lingus dispute could be resolved within days

Cabin crew’s trade union and airline management agree to Labour Relations Commission intervention in the ongoing dispute.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: More health insurance hikes, more debates about debates, but no more fanmail for Hitler’s former bodyguard…

# impact - Thursday 27 January, 2011

One in five Aer Lingus cabin crew taken off payroll

At least 215 members of Aer Lingus cabin crew have been taken off the payroll, as the dispute between the airline and trade union Impact shows no sign of cooling.

# impact - Wednesday 26 January, 2011

Aer Lingus cancels 14 flights over cabin crew dispute

Passengers hoping to travel with Aer Lingus today have been warned of disruptions after the airline cancels 14 flights.

# impact - Tuesday 25 January, 2011

Meeting between Aer Lingus staff and management cancelled

A disciplinary process was due to start today for airline staff refusing to work to new rosters but the first meeting has been cancelled – meanwhile Aer Lingus warns of possible disruptions to flights.

# impact - Monday 24 January, 2011

Why we cannot co-operate with the new rosters

Aer Lingus cabin crew member Daniel Browne explains what working the new rosters implemented by management would mean to him and his colleagues.

# impact - Thursday 20 January, 2011

Aer Lingus dispute continues, 34 flights cancelled

As many as 2,700 passengers hoping to travel between Dublin, the UK and continental Europe will face disruptions today.

# impact - Wednesday 19 January, 2011

Dispute leads to cancellation of 10 Aer Lingus flights

Several scheduled flights have been cancelled because of a dispute between Aer Lingus and trade union staff.

# impact - Wednesday 13 October, 2010

Aer Lingus staff to strike if work-to-rule rejected

If management try to discipline staff for going on work-to-rule, Aer Lingus staff say they’ll go on all-out strike.

# impact - Monday 4 October, 2010

Public trade union says no to further pay cuts

The IMPACT union says public servants have been hit harder than most, and shouldn’t be considered an easy target.

# impact - Friday 13 August, 2010

UNIONS HAVE called on the government to be fair when considering how to get more people to contribute to the social insurance fund, RTÉ reports

They have said that the government must bear in mind how much a lower-paid person is able to pay, and that the scheme must return guaranteed benefits.

The statement comes as the state announced plans for the co-called universal social contribution fund into which everyone in society would be required to pay contributions – even on “unearned income” like investments and share options.

The Department of Social Protection are considering:

  • Standardising PRSI between employees and self-employed workers – the self-employed currently pay 3% PRSI, others 4%
  • Reforming employers’ PRSI to lower the cost of employees earning less than €500 a week
  • Introducing a minimum earnings threshold for access to the full range of PRSI benefits, and
  • Abolishing the PRSI ceiling of €7,500

Paddy Keating of IMPACT said PRSI payments ought to be made on non-earned income like share options and rental income, however he stressed that this should be done on a equitable basis.

Both the the Irish Property Owners Association and the Small Firms Association (SFA) were less enthusiastic about the proposals.

The Irish Landlords Association said that such new costs would could stretch some landlords to the limit and may force them out of business, which would result in the value of the rental property market taking a hit.

SFA said that plans to concerned about any plans to charge PRSI on share options or investments, saying great progress had been made on the tax treatment of such employee incentives in recent years.

However, SFA said that an increase in the PRSI contribution rate for the self-employed would be welcomed – providing self-employed people were then entitled to the same benefits as everyone else.

# impact - Wednesday 11 August, 2010

IMPACT HAVE VOTED 96% to 4% for industrial action at Aer Lingus after a turn out of over 65%.

Impact cabin crew have been balloting over the last few weeks on what they call a railroading through of new rosters an increase of the crew’s working time to 850 hours a year.

Aer Lingus management say this is untrue and that they are simply carrying out €97 million cost-cutting plan called Greenfield.

Speaking to RTE Impact said that any proposed industrial action will not affect passengers.

Impact say that no flight will be affected by the action and that passengers will not know industrial action is under way. The union say they will be working to their normal contracts and that action will only escalate if management discipline their workers for doing so.

Christoph Mueller had previously threatened to make them all cabin crew who did not vote for Greenfield redundant. A move that led to cabin crews acceptance of the agreement in March.

TRADE UNION IMPACT has ruled out strike action at Aer Lingus. The union said any proposed industrial action will not affect passengers. The union was speaking just hours before they reveal the result of a ballot on industrial action.

THE RESULTS of a vote a ballot for industrial action by Aer Lingus cabin crew are set to be announced today. Impact began balloting its members last month.

The proposed action centres around a row between cabin crew and Aer Lingus over cost cutting plans by the airline. Impact say the airline is rail roading through new rosters and increasing crew’s working time to 850 hours a year.

Aer Lingus described the decision as ‘deeply regrettable’ saying that it didn’t understand why cabin crew were balloting having already voted to accept the cost cutting actions in March

Impact has already said an all out strike is not on the cards.

# impact - Friday 30 July, 2010

AER LINGUS says it is disappointed “that the Impact trade union has decided to ballot for a third time” on the company’s cost-saving efforts. The airline have moved to reassure passengers and says “there will be no disruption to their travel plans whatsoever arising out of this latest development.” Impact are balloting members for action up to and including strike action.

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