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Friday, May 24, 2002 10:45AM IST (5:15AM GMT)
 
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oneworld Cockpit Crew Coalition Decries Union-Busting Tactics At Aer Lingus
Fort Worth, Texas, United States

The oneworld Cockpit Crew Coalition (OCCC), representing the pilots at 10 international carriers, spoke out Thursday concerning the situation at Aer Lingus by releasing the following statement:

"On May 22, Aer Lingus management unilaterally imposed new working conditions on that carrier's pilots. The new working conditions reduce the amount of rest that the pilots can get relative to their time on duty. Aer Lingus management has also begun suspending pilots, citing their unwillingness to comply with the new conditions.

"The Aer Lingus pilots have responded to this harassment and unilateral change in their working conditions by serving seven days' notice that they will conduct a one-day strike on May 30.

"The unsafe change in working conditions that management has imposed is not in the best interests of the Aer Lingus pilots or the traveling public. As a former pilot himself, Aer Lingus CEO Willie Walsh should know better than to engage in such blatant pilot pushing and intimidation tactics.

"During a recent meeting of the OCCC in Helsinki, Finland, the members discussed the host of personnel and industrial relations issues at many of the oneworld carriers, where it appears there are some of the worst worker's rights and industrial relations in the industry. We predicted in these discussions that Aer Lingus management would shortly force a confrontation with its pilots. In addition to the situation at Aer Lingus, the pilots of LanChile, Cathay Pacific and Iberia are also experiencing concerted union-busting campaigns.

"On behalf of the Aer Lingus pilots, we are calling on that carrier's management to return to the bargaining table to resolve this dispute. A negotiated solution is in the best interests of the pilots, the traveling public and the airline's future. If management maintains its current posture, the situation is certain to escalate, with seriously adverse consequences for all concerned."

The oneworld Cockpit Crew Coalition is comprised of the following member organizations:

Aeropers - Swiss
Allied Pilots Association - American Airlines
Australian International Pilots Association - QANTAS
British Airline Pilots Association - British Airways
Hong Kong Aircrew Officers Association - Cathay Pacific Airways
Irish Airline Pilots Association - Aer Lingus
Japan Airlines Captains Association - Japan Airlines (JAL)
Japan Airlines Flight Crew Union - JAL
Japan Airlines Senior Flight Engineer Union - JAL
SEPLA - Iberia
Suomen Liikennelentajaliittoo - Finnair

 
 
 
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