Ryanair Strike dates: Flights cancelled - Why are pilots on strike in Ireland?

Irving Hamilton
July 12, 2018

The majority of flights have still been able to go ahead, for which Ryanair has thanked the pilots who are continuing to work: "Thanks to efforts of the majority of Irish pilots, Ryanair expects limited disruptions. other than 30 Ireland-UK flights already cancelled".

Customers were informed of the cancellation of 30 Britain-bound flights.

But they have reassured passengers that all Ireland to Europe flights will operate as normal.

Passengers that have yet to receive an email or text about disruption can assume that their travel plans are unchanged as a result of the strike.

The budget airline also said it has made alternative travel arrangements - both flights and ferries - for nearly 5,000 passengers.

"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".

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Despite a history of hostility towards unions, the airline eventually agreed to recognise them in December.

It continued: "Ryanair offered its pilots and Forsa to set up a working group to explain and negotiate any issues arising from Ryanair's written proposals on recognition, seniority, base transfers and new annual leave system, but regrettably agreement on this sensible course of action wasn't possible after seven hours of talks".

Both sides have said they remain available for talks and want to resolve their difficulties.

Earlier in the week the airline 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". German pilots are expected to vote over a pay and working conditions dispute later this month.

A statement released by all four unions that are representing the cabin crews said: "We call on the European Commission, and the governments of every European country where Ryanair operates, to act upon the social dumping performed by the Irish low-priced carrier and to enforce the EU employment and national imperative legislation".

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