Ryanair pilots will go on strike as flights could face massive disruption
Directly-employed pilots in Ryanair, who are members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA), have served notice of industrial action.
Pilots voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action (99%) following a dispute over management’s approach to transferring pilots between its European and African bases.
The pilots will commence their strike action next week for a period of 24 hours, starting at 01:00 on Thursday, 12th July.
The union has advised Ryanair that it will notify the airline of any additional strike days in due course.
— Fórsa Trade Union (@forsa_union_ie) July 3, 2018
In earlier correspondence with Ryanair management, the union said that their request for talks on the issue had not been taken seriously and that they were met with a threat to move Dublin-based aircraft and pilots to other airports and cut promotion opportunities.
The union released a statement which said: “Our member pilots directly employed by Ryanair complain that there is no transparent system for the determination of important matter 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.”
On a separate issue, the International Transport Workers Federation has organised a two-day summit of Ryanair cabin crew from all across Europe in Dublin, and they too have warned of a potential strike action if their concerns are not deal with.