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Aer Lingus hit by crew action.

Byline: FIONA WYNNE

THE country's airports were in chaos yesterday as 1,200 Aer Lingus cabin crew began a work-to-rule strike.

They said they will no longer shorten or cut their meal and rest breaks to make up time on delayed flights.

This means that a plane which has landed late will in turn have a delayed departure.

Bernard Harbor of Impact, the union representing the cabin crew, said: "Up until now staff have voluntarily cut meal breaks and rest times in order to get planes turned around for departure.

"What's likely to happen is that it will have a cumulative effect and become more and more of a problem for Aer Lingus and its ability to keep to schedule."

All Aer Lingus airports will be hit by the strike, but Dublin will suffer most.

Mr Harbor said Aer Lingus had failed to pay an agreed four per cent pay rise due last October, and a 20 per cent cut in the workforce meant cabin crew are running more flights.

An Aer Lingus spokesman said the action was unnecessary and the Impact cabin crew were the only work group in dispute. Impact also has a mandate to strike on September 15 on behalf of air traffic controllers.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 2, 2003
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