Ryanair Pilot strike gets underway in Ireland

Lloyd Doyle
July 15, 2018

The pilots have now announced that there will be one-day strikes on Friday the 20th of July and Tuesday the 24th of July.

Ryanair's refusal to recognise unions was at the heart of the model that transformed the small Irish regional airline into Europe's largest carrier by passenger numbers.

The Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA), a branch of FORSA, recently balloted members over a lack of an agreement on how Ryanair deals with transfers between bases.

The airline was forced to cancel 30 flights out of Ireland on Thursday, about 2% of its daily flights.

The airline said in a statement: "We regrettably must plan for some disruptions on Thursday, and try to minimise their impact, especially upon Irish customers and their families travelling on holidays to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece". The trips scrapped are all on short routes to the United Kingdom where the airline generally has multiple daily frequencies, helping to minimize the strain on the network.

About 100 of 350 total pilots in the Irish airline's home country walked out Thursday, citing demands for a more transparent system for promotions, transfers, and pilot pay.

Ryanair met with Forsa on "neutral ground" earlier this week but failed to come to an agreement in time to avoid the strike.

JOE got in contact with Ryanair, who issued a statement regarding threats of further IALPA strikes.

Pilots in Ryanair's home country Ireland held a strike for the first time on Thursday as they demanded better conditions from Europe's largest low-priced carrier, which is trying to stave off a wave of industrial action across Europe. Spanish, Portuguese and Belgian cabin crew are due to strike on July 25 and 26, with Italian flight attendants joining the action on July 25.

It has signed recognition agreements with United Kingdom and Italian pilot and cabin crew unions, but has failed to make similar progress in Ireland or Germany.

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