Aer Lingus voices more support for IAG takeover | Reuters

Unions at Aer Lingus have moved to distance themselves from comments Sunday that supported the takeover of the business by British-based rival IAG.

Myles Worth, secretary of the Central Representative Council, a grouping of staff representatives from the company’s trade unions, said on RTE that it had changed its stance on the bid after IAG chief executive Willie Walsh laid out its growth plans for the Irish airline. Mr Walsh told an Oireachtas committee job cuts would be minimal and would be far exceeded by new roles as IAG expands Aer Lingus’s fleet.

However, union sources last night said the comments were premature and that there was a long way to go before any decision is made.

In a letter to incoming airline chief Stephen Kavanagh, Impact, which represents 1,750 cabin crew, pilots and administrative staff at the airline, said: “The points made, particularly those that purport to reflect that the majority of staff in the company and their trade unions were in favor of the proposed IAG takeover of Aer Lingus, were not authorized by us and are in fact far from the case.”

In a separate communication to Mr Kavanagh, CRC chairman Evan Cullen said “the position articulated by Myles Worth (regarding the proposed IAG takeover of Aer Lingus) on the radio and in an e-mail to you were the personal views of Myles Worth not the CRC position”.

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