Holidaymakers could face travel chaos as Ryanair pilots overwhelming back 24-hour strike action next week
- Members of the Irish pilots union has voted 99% in favour of industrial action
- The 24 hour strike of the Irish pilots is set to take place next Thursday on July 12
- Ryanair only recognised unions earlier this year for first time in 32 year history
Holidaymakers could be facing travel chaos after Ryanair pilots in Ireland have voted to strike.
Members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (Ialpa) at the budget airline voted overwhelming (99 per cent) in favour of industrial action claiming the Dublin-based carrier failed to meet demands over new working practices.
The strike is planned for Thursday July 12, for 24 hours.
Holidaymakers could be facing travel chaos after Ryanair pilots in Ireland have voted to strike next week
Europe’s biggest budget carrier averted widespread strikes before last Christmas by deciding to recognise trade unions for the first time in its 32-year history, but has since struggled to reach agreement on terms in some countries.
Ryanair, which flies in 37 countries and carried 130 million passengers last year, has so far signed agreements with pilots in Italy and Britain, two of its largest markets, but also experienced minor disruption in Germany and Portugal.
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The union, which said 94 of the 95 ballots returned were in favour of industrial action, has advised Ryanair that it will notify it of additional strike days in due course but also remains available and willing to engage on the issues.
Previously, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary warned investors that he could not rule out the possibility of strikes and would face any action down
A spokesman for Ialpa said: ‘Our member pilots directly employed by Ryanair complain that there is no transparent system for the determination of important matters including voluntary/involuntary base transfer/allocation, command upgrade, allocation of annual leave and promotion.
‘When a pilot receives notice of a mandatory base change, or is denied a request for a change of base, such management decisions can have a devastating effect on family life.’
The union said it remained available and willing to engage on the issues identified in the notice of strike action.
A spokesman for Ryanair was not immediately available for comment.
Previously, Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary warned investors in May that he could not rule out the possibility of strikes and would face any action down.
News of the strike comes just hours after the airline revealed another month of travel misery as air traffic control strikes left more than 210,000 passengers with cancelled flights in June.
It said more than 1,100 flights were axed for the second month running due to air traffic control strikes over four weekends in June, as well as staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France.
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