DUBLIN Nov 14 Staff at Irish airline Aer Lingus
have cancelled plans to strike next week and have
agreed to resume negotiations to resolve a dispute over a
pension fund shortfall, trade union officials said on Wednesday.
Unions representing administrative staff and cabin crew had
planned the first of a series of stoppages on Monday in a bid to
force the airline to stump up more cash.
"The Committee decided by a majority vote that it will be
accepting the mediation proposal and has called off industrial
action planned for next week," Dermot O'Loughlin, an official
with the SIPTU trade union, said in a statement.
The Aer Lingus staff pension scheme, which also covers
workers at the Dublin Airport Authority, had a 700 million euros
($904 million) deficit at the end of last year.
Aer Lingus says it is not obliged to pay more into the fund
but has been holding talks with unions for months about the
shortfall in an effort to avoid industrial action.