Ryanair pilots to strike in run-up to Christmas

Ivan Schwartz
December 13, 2017

Directly employed pilots are generally at the rank of captain, so any strike action would likely cause disruption for passengers at the airline's home base.

Meanwhile, Ryanair pilots and cabin crew in Italy plan to strike for four hours on 15 December.

German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit has also threatened to strike against Ryanair.

More strike days have been threatened by trade union Impact unless Ryanair management engages with the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA), which is part of Impact, something Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has vowed never to do.

But in a strongly worded statement, Ryanair insisted it would "face down" the actions, and said its pilots in its Shannon base have already agreed pay deals worth 20%.

Ryanair pilots based in Ireland will be striking on Wednesday of next week, the Guardian reports.

Staff employed through agencies, individual companies ar as contractor pilots were not covered in the ballot by the Irish Air Line Pilots Association - which is affiliated to IMPACT.

The pilots backed industrial action by a margin of 94% to 6% in secret ballots conducted over the last week.

Ryanair pilots to strike in run-up to Christmas

German pilots are set to stage the first major strike in the low-priced carrier's history.

Of the 84 ballots issued in Dublin, 79 voted in favour of industrial action, with three against, one vote spoilt and one not returned.

Ryanair released a statement saying they have received no notification of any industrial action by its Dublin pilots.

The pilots, whom IMPACT said were mostly captains, will withdraw their labour on December 20 in a strike the union predicted will either disrupt flights or generate substantial costs to the airline.

"Ryanair will not recognise an Aer Lingus pilot union, no matter how often or long this tiny minority (earning between €150,000 to €190,000 p.a.) try to disrupt our flights or customers' plans during Christmas week".

However, if Ryanair's Dublin pilots are misled by some Aer Lingus pilots into industrial action then they will lose their favourable rosters (5on/4off, a double bank holiday every week) and remuneration benefits that are specifically linked by agreement to dealing directly with Ryanair.

Impact official Ashley Connolly explained: "This dispute is exclusively about winning independent representation for pilots in the company".

But several unions in recent weeks have formed company councils and named serving Ryanair pilots as members.

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