102 cabin crew at Shannon could face redundancy as part of Aer Lingus plans to save 97 million euro.
Management at the troubled airline met with staff for over two hours in Shannon last evening with many workers leaving in a visibly distressed state.
Senior Aer Lingus management refused to be drawn on exactly how many job losses would arise in Shannon, but they acknowledged the future of long haul services is in doubt.
Unions confirmed that 102 cabin crew jobs out of a total of 130 are at risk though, and the airlines Corporate Affairs Director Enda Corneille acknowledged the difficulties now facing Shannon staff
Aer Lingus Chief Executive Christoph Mueller made no comment to the waiting media in Shannon, and no other details of redundancies were given.
SIPTU representative Tony Carroll said staff feel the cuts have targeted Shannon unfairly, and are hoping to fight them