Irish Ryanair pilots vote for strike action in pay dispute

Irish Ryanair pilots vote for strike action in pay dispute

Per the union, there will be a two-day strike from August 22, and a second strike from the early hours of September 2 until before midnight on September 4.

Travellers have taken to social media to vent their frustrations at Ryanair pilots in the United Kingdom, who announced strikes during peak holiday times across Europe in late August and early September.

Ryanair's (RYA.I) directly employed pilots in Ireland on Friday voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action unless the airline agrees to union pay proposals by Monday, the Forsa/IALPA trade union said.

A union statement said: "Decades of Ryanair refusing to deal with unions has resulted in two things".

Ryanair managed to quell the disputes by reaching deals with many unions in Europe on pay and allowances, but has yet to move beyond recognition agreements with others and further angered unions by telling staff 10 days ago that it had 900 more pilots and crew than it needed.

Ryanair saw its share price climb close to 2% on Thursday morning only to have its early gains eroded after the airline's pilots said they plan to go on strike over pay and working conditions.

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No dates have been set for a strike and Forsa must give Ryanair at least one week's notice before any walkout. "No pilot wants to spoil the public's travel plans but at the moment it seems we have no choice".

94% of 180 directly-employed Ryanair pilots based here, who are members of Ialpa, were eligible to vote in the ballot.

"The result of Forsa's ballot shows that less than half of Ryanair's Irish pilots are members of Forsa, and less than 60% of these Forsa members participated in the ballot, with less than 25% of Ryanair's Irish pilots voting for industrial action".

Ryanair has not yet confirmed the closure of the Faro base, but said a number of Ryanair bases will be cut or closed this Winter, mainly due to the late delivery of up to 30 new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.

Ryanair claim that the strike action has the backing of fewer than 30% of the companies United Kingdom pilots. We hope BALPA will now work with Ryanair to minimise job losses instead of undertaking ill-judged and ill-timed industrial action.

"Last year, Ryanair's United Kingdom pilots agreed a 20% salary increase, with Senior Captain's earning up to £180,000 p.a., which is more than competitor airline pilots in Norwegian or Jet2".

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