Ryanair pilots in Italy to strike on Dec 15: Union

Lloyd Doyle
December 7, 2017

He has also answered to this threat by warning the pilots that if they support the IALPA's industrial action they will assume they no longer want to deal with the Employee Representative Committee system and they will withdraw benefits as well as base and annual allowances.

"I am now calling on you to directly engage with Ialpa and enter into negotiations with us on all aspects of pay, terms and conditions of employment for pilots directly employed by Ryanair in Ireland", Mr Cullen told Mr O'Leary. "Ryanair pilots, who are members of IALPA, are now examining their options".

Ryanair faces its first-ever strike as crews in Italy prepare to walk out as part of a push for unionisation and company-wide contracts, and staff in six other countries also consider action.

The Italian pilots' union, Anpac, which claims to represent 280 of Ryanair's approximately 4,000 pilots, said on Wednesday its members would not work between 2pm and 6pm on 15 December.

"While we support a pilot's entitlement for fair representation we can not prejudice this dispute or endanger its process by speculation".

Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told investors in September the airline had probably been "running too tight on pilot numbers" and the airline has since launched a hiring drive. We stand as one. But several unions in recent weeks have formed company councils and named serving Ryanair pilots as members. "Treat us accordingly", the video said. A spokesman said it did not believe the Italian pilots would actually strike.

"We regularly receive threats of industrial action from competitor airline pilot unions from Italy, Portugal and even Aer Lingus pilots occasionally".

"This is the sixth time FIT/CISL [other unions] or ANPAC has announced strikes by Ryanair pilots, only to postpone/cancel them later", she added.

"We expect this latest threatened strike will also be postponed or canceled", spokesman Robin Kiely said.

It has reportedly warned pilots in Dublin that it would meet any attempts at strike action "head on" and would move some aircraft out of the capital.

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