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Impact, the trade union representing pilots at the airlin ralph lauren outlet online e, yesterday confirmed that its members had voted overwhelmingly in favour ralph lauren outlet online of industrial action.The planned strike, due to begin at midnight on Tuesday, is being taken over the company’s refusal to end a pay freeze and restore cuts implemented when the airline was in financial trouble.Impact’s Bernard Harbor said there was no justification for the continuing pay freeze, as Aer Arann had returned to a sound commercial footing.However, the company maintained it has not yet returned to profitability but expects to do so next year.Mr Harbor said the 100 pilots at Aer Arann had suffered a pay freeze in 2008, followed by a 10% pay cut in 2009.Impact cancelled planned industrial action last year after the airline agreed to go to arbitration on the pay issue. It was subsequently agreed pilots’ pay would be reviewed this year.However, Mr Harbor said Aer Arann was still refusing to lift the five year ol ralph lauren outlet online d pay freeze.Pilots plan to strike next Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by another two day strike on Aug 24 25.Under a franchise agreement which began in March 2010, Aer Arann operates regional flights on behalf of Aer Lingus from Dublin, Cork, Ker ralph lauren outlet online ry, Shannon, and Knock to a number of destinations in Britain and France.Mr Harbor said the pilots remained available for talks to resolve the issue.An Aer Arann spokesperson described the threat of strike action as “regrettable”, particularly as it was scheduled for the busiest time of the travel season.The airline said it was happy to review the pay of all staff once the company had returned to profitability.It said that although passenger numbers had increased and new aircraft and routes were planned, it was not projecting a return to profitability until 2014.Meanwhile, union chiefs say the ballot on a deal to stop crippling strike action at Dublin Bus will be too hard to call.As more than 2,000 drivers prepare to cast their vote on Thursday and Friday, Siptu held “intense discussions” on the revised proposals, aimed at slashing costs by nearly e12m.A union spokesman said there had been “a real mixed bag” of reaction from drivers over the recommendations from the Labour Court, which could result in around e7m worth of pay cuts.”Discussions today were tense and there was a lot of different drivers with different opinions on the deal, so we really couldn’t call how they will vote one way or the other,” said the spokesman.