Aer Lingus has removed 180 cabin crew from its payroll and the airline is proceeding with disciplinary action that could lead to termination. As part of its cost reduction program initiated in 2009 to ensure the future viability and cost competitiveness of the airline, cabin crew were required to achieve 850 flying hours per annum. Some 93% of cabin crew balloted in March 2010 agreed to the deal that was subsequently affirmed under legally binding arbitration by the Labour Relations Commission. The airline then developed rosters in line with international best practice to achieve the 850 flying hours per annum

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