Aer Lingus To Cut Jobs

Aer Lingus is to cut up to 1,500 jobs through redundancies and outsourcing as part of a €74 million (US$100m) cost-saving programme.
Money-saving measures include closing its cabin crew bases at London Heathrow and Shannon, and operating services from New York, Boston and San Francisco with US-based cabin staff from next summer.
There will be voluntary redundancy or early retirement packages for cabin crew and ground staff in airports, catering and cargo divisions.
Employees have been told that there will be a pay freeze until the end of 2009 and that sick pay levels will be reduced.
It is understood that new contracts, which will introduce performance-related pay and abolish traditional increments, will also be brought in.
The plan looks set to be implemented by November 1.
The Services, Industrial, Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU) has said it will ballot its members about possible all-out industrial action.
Aer Lingus has already reported losses of €22 million (US£30m) for 2008 and is forecasting potential losses of over €100 million (US$136m) next year, depending on the price of fuel.