Ryanair pilots announce plans for two more one-day strikes this month

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 15, 2018

The company said the disruption was limited to high-frequency British-Irish routes, but warned that knock-on effects could not be ruled out.

A Spanish pilots union sent a message to its members yesterday asking them to seek its guidance if asked to operate any flight while their "fellow pilots" were on strike in Ireland.

The Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA) branch of the Fórsa union said it had found common ground with Ryanair at a Wednesday meeting.

"These coordinated strike threats are created to cause unnecessary disruption to customers and damage Ryanair's low-fare model, for the benefit of high-fare competitor airlines in Ireland and Germany", Ryanair said in a statement.

Around 100 of Ryanair's 350 Irish pilots balloted to strike for 24 hours to demand a more transparent system of pay, promotions and transfers, aiming to limit what the FORSA/IALPA union says is excessive discretion management have over pilots' careers.

Customers were informed via text and email of the cancellations, with Ryanair offering a refund to those affected.

"It is unacceptable that competitor airline pilots are actively organising strikes by Ryanair's pilots when these airlines will be the direct beneficiaries of any such disruption".

The strike represents 27 per cent of Ryanair's Irish pilots.

"For customers travelling to the United Kingdom, we will also be assisting them with alternative transport on comparable operators (both flights & ferries) where there is some limited space available".

"We can not rule out further disruptions in July and August, especially when some Aer Lingus pilots wrote officially to the DAA on 25 June - some 10 days before the results of the Ryanair pilot ballot were known - to advise that they were "contemplating a series of 1 and 2 days strikes in July and August".

The Irish pilots are striking over pay, working conditions, promotions and annual leave in the second burst of union action against Ryanair since the airline chose to recognise trade unions in December.

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