Aer Lingus, saying it is in "a regrettable position where we have no option," imposed an immediate pay freeze on all staff, citing labor unions' rejection of its "Program for Continuous Improvement" cost-saving initiative. Until it can implement the program, EI said it is forced to withhold a series of promised raises. CEO Dermot Mannion said, "Aer Lingus cannot continue to wait indefinitely to achieve essential savings. It is within this context that the decision to suspend increases has ...

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