Aer Lin­gus apol­o­gises to staff over steal­ing claims

Irish Examiner - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

Aer Lin­gus man­age­ment has apol­o­gised to staff fol­low­ing claims made in a news­pa­per that they stole mil­lions of euro worth of goods from the air­line, cus­tomers, and col­leagues.

The air­line said it will make a do­na­tion of €25,000 to two char­i­ties on be­half of staff af­ter its man­age­ment met with its group of unions yesterday.

The pur­pose of this meet­ing was to dis­cuss the most se­ri­ous con­cerns aris­ing from an ar­ti­cle that ap­peared in last week’s Sun­day In­de­pen­dent.

Aer Lin­gus chief ex­ec­u­tive Stephen Ka­vanagh and his se­nior ex­ec­u­tive team ex­pressed a sin­cere apol­ogy and re­gret for the hurt and up­set caused by the dis­puted ar­ti­cle.

He con­firmed that Aer Lin­gus had not been the source for the ar­ti­cle.

Mr Ka­vanagh ac­knowl­edged that Aer Lin­gus work­ers had been sub­ject to hurt­ful and de­mean­ing com­ments over the course of the last week and they sin­cerely re­gret­ted the up­set that had been caused.

He re­it­er­ated his ap­pre­ci­a­tion and re­spect for the con­tin­ued pro­fes­sion­al­ism of col­leagues in the de­liv­ery of ex­cel­lent ser­vice and their con­tin­ued hard work and ded­i­ca­tion. Aer Lin­gus will make a do­na­tion of €25,000 split equally be­tween Pi­eta House and Fo­cus Ire­land.

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