Mass disruption expected after Ryanair pilots vote for strikes

Ryanair Pilots Vote For Strike

Ryanair Pilots Vote For Strike

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

"We've made a decision to give the company until Monday the 12th to respond to our pay proposal to give them an opportunity to take time to consider can they come back and accept the proposal or come back with a very robust response", he said.

Ryanair said the strike action had the support of less than 30% of its pilots as only half were members of BALPA.

It's not yet clear when a strike would take place.

"They feel they have been forced into contemplating potentially disruptive industrial action by a company that seems either unwilling or unable to negotiate in a professional and constructive manner".

The union submitted a pay claim in March "in line with sector norms" and has accused the company of stalling in its negotiations.

The pilots' union Balpa said "decades of Ryanair refusing to deal with unions" had led to members voting for a 48-hour strike beginning on 22 August and a 72-hour strike from 2 September.

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The Dublin-based airline says it has written to Balpa asking for a resumption of talks but is hardly taking a conciliatory tone, pointing out that less than 30% of its United Kingdom pilots have voted for action.

Pilots from Ryanair have voted to strike, with their union announcing two strike periods: August 22 to 23, and September 2 to 4.

Less than 50 percent of Ryanair's United Kingdom pilots were BALPA members, with "just 57 percent" voting in favour of industrial action.

"Forsa should continue in mediation and avoid threatening unnecessary disruptions to customers' holidays and travel plans".

The company added that its United Kingdom pilots had agreed to a 20 percent salary rise and accused BALPA pilots of recommending pay freezes for Jet2 pilots and "12 months unpaid leave for Norwegian's Gatwick pilots". We hope BALPA will now work with Ryanair to minimise job losses instead of undertaking ill-judged and ill-timed industrial action.

Ryanair said pay deals already agreed with Forsa have delivered pay increases of up to 20% at a time when its profits are falling due to higher fuel and payroll costs, with senior captains now earning more than 200,000 euro a year for working a rota pattern of five days on, four days off.

The Irish Travel Agents Association (ITAA) has warned of the far-reaching ramifications of any strike.

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