Crew of airline operating Kerry-Dublin route vote unanimously for industrial action

Crew of the airline operating the Kerry-Dublin route have voted unanimously for industrial action.

Stobart Air cabin crew are involved in a dispute with the company over the airline’s refusal to recognise the Fórsa trade union and negotiate with them on staff pay and working conditions.

Stobart Air has been operating the Kerry-Dublin Public Service Obligation (PSO) route for Aer Lingus Regional since 2015.

It runs daily morning and afternoon flights to the capital from Farranfore, which return each afternoon and evening.

The Fórsa trade union says Stobart Air has refused to negotiate with them on pay and conditions of crew based in Dublin and Cork.

Fórsa says a recent pay proposal by the company fell short of airline industry norms, and was rejected by cabin crew.

The union balloted members; it concluded today and the results show they voted 100% in favour of industrial action, based on a return of 84% of ballot papers.

Fórsa says the result gives them a very clear mandate from members working in Stobart Air, and the union’s disputes committee will now consider its next steps.

If they go ahead with strike action, all Stobart Air services will be affected, including the Kerry Dublin route.