Aer Lingus has told the Fórsa trade union that it is willing to attend the Workplace Relations Commission in an effort to resolve an ongoing row with staff over proposed work practice changes.

Last week, cabin crew at the airline who are members of the union rejected a cost cutting plan by a large majority.

Aer Lingus responded by telling cabin managers that a number of staff would be temporarily laid-off and that pay cuts would not be partially restored, as had been hoped following the ballot result.

Now the airline has written to the union to say it would be prepared to enter talks at the WRC in a bid to try to solve the impasse.

Fórsa confirmed it had received the letter and said it welcomed the airline's decision.

It said the branch would meet shortly to prepare for the engagement.

Yesterday, ground operations staff who are members of the trade union SIPTU also overwhelmingly rejected the cost cutting plan.

However, Aer Lingus has not yet decided what it plans to do in response to that decision.

SIPTU represents around 1,100 workers employed by Aer Lingus as ground crew in Dublin Airport.

In a statement following the communication of the SIPTU ballot result to it, Aer Lingus said the proposals were the result of months of engagement and consultation in which the serious challenges facing the business, including the need for structural change, were clearly outlined.

"The effects of the pandemic have been prolonged and are ongoing and the requirement for immediate and structural change is urgent," it said.

"Over the coming days Aer Lingus will communicate to SIPTU and employees setting out what the company will do to address these challenges."