Emerald Airlines reaches deal with union to avert threat of pilot strike

Agreement gives Irish Airline Pilots’ Association bargaining rights on conditions of employment

Conor McCarthy, Emerald Airlines chief executive. The agreement which gives IALPA collective bargaining rights, comes after months of unrest between the airline and some of its pilots. Picture: Fran Veale/Julien Behal

Pilots at Emerald Airlines are set to vote in favour of an agreement that will give them trade union recognition, bringing to an end the threat of strike action at the Aer Lingus regional carrier.

The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA), which is part of Fórsa, on Friday signed off on an agreement that means its members will be consulted on the terms and conditions of their employment.

The agreement, which will give IALPA collective ...