Aer Lingus unions head to WRC as airline salary offer ‘insufficient’

Aer Lingus unions have rejected a salary offer from the airline that falls “far short of the expectations” of its employees.

The airline made an offer of a pay rise of around 2 percent, sources said, and the matter is now going to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

​By contrast, the airport authority DAA has offered its staff a pay increase of more than 7 per cent – as well as an increase in starting wages for new security guards, and this has been recommended by the Ictu union group for acceptance in an upcoming vote.

The Aer Lingus union group – which also includes Siptu and Forsa – told members they recently held two meetings with Aer Lingus management to discuss the wage demand.

​“During these meetings, Aer Lingus management made an offer for a salary increase. However, this offer falls far short of members’ expectations and we have now agreed with Aer Lingus that the matter will be referred to the WRC,” it says in a memo.

A spokeswoman for Aer Lingus confirmed the engagement and the referral to the WRC “for arbitration”.

​But at DAA, new talks last Tuesday appear to have resulted in a breakthrough, with unions briefing workers on “an improved offer”.

Sources said DAA had increased its salary offer to employees to a salary increase of more than 7.25 percent over two years, backdated to April 2022, paying 3.75 percent the first year and 3.5 percent the following year.

An election of DAA staff is due to be completed by December 9 and the various unions under the Ictu umbrella, which represent DAA staff, recommend acceptance of the improved offer. The entrance fee for new security officers for the passenger check in the baggage hall is to increase by 4.5 percent from €14.14 to €14.78, it said.

The DAA faced continued criticism of offered pay rates for new search unit officers over the summer months as it sought to quickly hire new staff to cope with long lines at security checkpoints.

The wage rate for new operations staff is also up 5 per cent from €13.01 to €13.66, while the new entry-level rate for DAA subsidiary Aer Rianta International, which manages Dublin Airport’s retail and food offering, is up 5.4 per cent will rise from €12.96 to €13.66, of course.

​New employees have received the new admission price and the general salary increase since April, of course. Aer Lingus unions head to WRC as airline salary offer ‘insufficient’

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