Ryanair cancels 24 flights as 100 pilots go ahead with strike

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 18, 2018

A quarter of Ryanair's Irish-based pilots are taking industrial action over their pay and conditions.

"Sadly, 24 flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom on Friday July 20 will now be cancelled, because a quarter of our Irish pilots (who earn between €150,000 to €200,000 a year and enjoy the best working conditions of perhaps any group of Irish workers) want to pursue a set of demands which they don't understand and can't explain, because they were drafted by a tiny handful of Aer Lingus pilots", it said.

Ryanair explained it had sought to minimilise the impact of the strike on holidaying families by cancelling "high frequency" flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom rather than flights to destinations in Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece.

A further day of strike action is due to take place on Tuesday 24 July.

The airline went on to voice its displeasure at the latest strike, adding: "This second strike is unnecessary because Ryanair has already given them written proposals that address their concerns about seniority - even though FORSA and the pilots committee don't even understand that their demands will damage Irish pilots' prospect".

"We've offered to set up a working committee to explain all these issues to this small minority and asked them to postpone this strike, but they have refused".

A union spokesperson said they have invited management to talks either tomorrow or Thursday and are awaiting a response.

The spokesperson said that current Ryanair proposals are not enough to resolve the issue but said his members remain committed to gettting a resolution.

Ryanair has over 250 self-employed pilots which allows the airline to operate most of its routes during the strikes.

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