Strike talks will go ahead after Ryanair backs down

Irving Hamilton
July 10, 2018

Some flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom are set to be affected.

The pilots have voted to strike for 24 hours on Thursday.

Ryanair said it had planned for the strike by trying to "minimise the impact" on "families travelling on holidays to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece".

According to the airline, Ireland to Europe flights will operate as normal, as the majority of Irish pilots fly on Thursdays. They could otherwise switch to earlier flights tomorrow, or later on Friday, Saturday or beyond.

In a statement on its website, Ryanair said that it would cancel up to 30 of its' 290 flights on Thursday, with only "some UK-Ireland flights affected".

All customers on these flights received text and email notification of the cancellations today.

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It said it would also help customers travelling to the United Kingdom with alternative flights and ferries.

They should check in as normal at their departure airport.

Nearly 100 out of Ryanair's 350 Irish based pilots have backed strike action in a dispute over seniority, and the procedures for allocation of base transfers, promotions and annual leave - but the airline stresses that this is just 27% of its pilot workforce here. However, its parent union Fórsa has said the strike is still likely to go ahead.

Pilots' concerns relate to a dispute over seniority, as well as the procedures for allocation of base transfers, promotions and annual leave.

"In a final effort to avert this strike, we have agreed to meet our pilots and Fórsa at a neutral venue kindly provided by Dublin Airport, but we believe this small group of pilots and Fórsa are determined to disrupt the travel of Irish customers on July 12".

"It is unacceptable that competitor airline pilots are actively organising strikes by Ryanair's pilots when these airlines will be the direct beneficiaries of any such disruption".

"We can not rule out further disruptions in July and August, especially when some Aer Lingus pilots wrote officially to the DAA on 25 June - some 10 days before the results of the Ryanair pilot ballot were known - to advise that they were "contemplating a series of 1 and 2 days strikes in July and August", it read.

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