Ryanair Pilots Vote For Strike

Andrew Cummings
August 11, 2019

94% of 180 directly-employed Ryanair pilots based here, who are members of Ialpa, were eligible to vote in the ballot.

According to SNPVAC, the strike action is because Ryanair has not complied with a protocol signed last November, which the union said included holiday pay, 22 days of annual leave per year and full compliance with Portuguese parental law.

Ryanair pilots in Ireland will join their UK-based colleagues in going on strike if the no-frills carrier does not agree to their pay demands by Monday.

Holidaymakers face the prospect of mass disruption at multiple airports in August after Ryanair pilots voted for strikes that could coincide with walkouts by their counterparts at British Airways and by Heathrow ground staff.

Fórsa assistant general secretary Ian McDonnell said pilots "feel they have been forced into contemplating potentially-disruptive industrial action".

Earlier this week Ryanair's United Kingdom based pilots who are member so the British pilots' union voted to strike over two days later this month and for three days in September.

But Ryanair management has stalled in negotiations on pay and related matters since the Irish Airline Pilots' Association submitted its claim. BALPA has said it's committed to finding a negotiated solution to that dispute, and strike dates have not yet been set.

"The result of Forsa's ballot shows that less than half of Ryanair's Irish pilots are members of Forsa, and less than 60% of these Forsa members participated in the ballot, with less than 25% of Ryanair's Irish pilots voting for industrial action".

Ryanair said Forsa should continue with the mediation process that has been under way for more than a year instead of threatening what it described as "ill-timed industrial action".

"BALPA have no mandate to disrupt our customers holidays and flights, particularly at a time when United Kingdom pilots are facing job losses due to the Boeing MAX delivery delays, and the threat of a no deal Brexit", the airline said in a statement.

"Last year, Ryanair's United Kingdom pilots agreed a 20% salary increase, with Senior Captain's earning up to £180,000 p.a., which is more than competitor airline pilots in Norwegian or Jet2".

Balpa is still locked in pay negotiations with BA, whose staff can strike at two weeks' notice if they do not accept the airline's offer.

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