Aer Lingus has issued what it describes as a "clarification" statement in relation to the ongoing industrial relations issue at the company.

In the statement, the airline says that it has submitted proposals to the union groups through the Labour Relations Commission process aimed at improving the pensions for Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme members.

They say they believe last week’s talks were overshadowed by the belief by the trade union groups that the Dublin Airport Authority had made a proposal targetting 85% of final incomes.

In the statement today, Aer Lingus says it has been told by the DAA that is not the case.

The airline says that it believes its proposal comprehensively addresses the pensions issue.

It says that it does not understand why they have been served with industrial action, and not the other party.

The airline also says it remains available for negotiations and is calling on all the groups to return to the LRC to find a solution.