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Aer Lingus unions plan two hour stoppage

Aer Lingus aircraft
Image caption Aer Lingus unions are planning a two hour stoppage

Aer Lingus trade unions in the Irish Republic have announced a two hour work stoppage for Monday 19 November in a continuing dispute over pensions.

Unions SIPTU UNITE the TEEU and Mandate announced the move in a joint statement.

They said that any disruption to passengers would be solely due to the decision of Aer Lingus to stop talking to staff representatives.

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said: "Strike action is regrettable."

Aer Lingus said the discussions had been overshadowed and hampered by a union interpretation that a proposal targeting pensions worth 85% of final incomes had been agreed with the DAA.

The airline called on the DAA and unions to resume discussions and clarify their positions.