The panel is joined by Gerald Flynn of Align Management Solutions to discuss the proposed Aer Lingus/DAA strike which is scheduled to take place on the Friday of the St Patrick's Weekend. The DAA have applied for an injunction which may just offer the “cooling off” period that’s required. The ESB Pensions Deficit is also far from resolved and may surface again next week when the company's annual report is released.
Our two largest airlines, Ryanair and Aer Lingus, are complaining of sluggish demand for flights between now and the end of the year. Ryanair has said it plans to aggressively cut prices to encourage bookings, sparking talk of a price war. Earlier this week former Aer Lingus boss Willie Walsh, now the chief executive of British Airways, said he expects some smaller airlines to go bust this winter. But will the airlines' pain be the consumer's gain? RTÉ business reporter Conor Brophy joned Sean in studio.
Christopher Mueller took over Aer Lingus at a time of huge turbulence in 2009. Since he became Chief Executive of Aer Lingus, he has implemented a transformational program, weathered strike threats, and cut over €100m from the airline's cost base. He joins us in studio.
Plus, we have a chance to beat the Januray blues as we team up with Aer Lingus to give away a chance to win a fantastic breakaway to Bordeaux in France. Our competitors on the line are Kate Fitzgerald & Bernard Roche.
John from John Galligan Travel is furious that Aer Lingus workers are going to strike. He thinks they are holding the company, tourists and country to ransom. Liam is a former Waterford Crystal worker who was made redundant in 2009. He worked for the company for 39 years but at the end found there were issues with the pension fund. He was offered €15 per week pension but refused it and the case is now before the European Court. Liam tells Joe he thinks the Aer Lingus workers are right to strike for their pension rights.