Belgian, Dutch and Swedish pilots join industrial action against Ryanair

Belgian, Dutch and Swedish pilots join industrial action against Ryanair

Andrew Cummings
August 5, 2018

In retaliation for a three-day strike in July, the low-priced Irish carrier announced on Friday that 100 pilots and 200 cabin staff would be transferred to Poland, threatening them with dismissal if they refused.

Unions for German and Dutch based pilots have also hinted that they will co-ordination their industrial action to take place on the same day.

Ryanair shares were down 0.2% at 12.98 euros by 1455 GMT, near two-year lows and well below the level hit in December, when it shocked the markets by ending 32 years of refusing to recognise unions.

Ryanair's pilots based in Belgium and Sweden have announced that they will strike on August 10, a date that coincides with the strike date just announced by Forsa.

Pilot union FORSA announced they would be striking on 10 August for the fifth time in recent months.

Ryanair served 90 days "protective notice" on over 100 Dublin-based pilots and 200 cabin crew on July 25, warning them that their positions could be under threat as it plans to cut its Dublin fleet and shift at least six Dublin-based aircraft to Polish charter carrier Ryanair Sun.

"Even when Ryanair invites FORSA to more meetings, FORSA just calls more strikes".

Spanish pilots union Sepla has announced it is suing the Irish airline in Spain's High Court over its pilot contracts.

Ryanair has limited the damage from the Irish strikes so far and said passengers on the 20 flights it cancelled from the 300 that flew in and out of Ireland on Friday were either put on another flight or refunded.

"After a year of negotiations, the failure of Ryanair to recognise Sepla and apply Spanish labour legislation for the pilots who operate in Spain forces the union to take a legal path to attain this objective", the union said. The fourth one is due to come on Friday which has forced Ryanair to cancel 20 flights affecting a total of 3,500 customers.

Ryanair has said it will shift jobs and planes to more profitable areas, and threatened to move more if the strikes continue. Ryanair blames the involvement of Aer Lingus pilots that it said are disrupting the process.

Ryanair refused to say anything on the lawsuit, saying it did not "comment on rumour or speculation".

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