Irish pilots plan more strikes this month at Ryanair
Ryanair passengers are set to face more disruption with two further pilot strikes planned in Ireland this month.
The Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA) has announced two further 24-hour stoppages on 20 and 24 July, after 30 flights were cancelled due to a strike on Thursday. This week’s action affected 5,000 passengers, including on Ryanair’s busy Ireland-to-UK routes, after pilots staged a strike over pay and conditions.
The budget airline said that most of the customers affected by Thursday’s strike were offered alternative transport or refunds. The company’s management and IALPA held marathon talks on Wednesday in an attempt to resolve the issues, but the talks broke down and the strike went ahead. The union said it was regrettable that Ryanair management had so far rejected the suggestion of thirdparty assistance to break the deadlock.
Ryanair, which has improved union recognition in an attempt to address staff unrest, faces disruption elsewhere in Europe this month. Cabin and ground crew from Spain, Italy, Portugal and Belgium have agreed to strike on 25 and 26 July, saying Ryanair has failed to address a list of demands presented to the company in a “crew charter” this week.
Ireland’s foreign affairs minister, Simon Coveney, said it was “regrettable” that the latest round of talks with the IALPA had failed.
“Our concern is that this dispute is resolved quickly and the travelling public is not discommoded in a significant way,” he said. “As such, it is regrettable that the dispute was not solved when the two parties and their representatives engaged with each other. As a government, we want to encourage both sides to find a resolution as quickly as possible. A lot of people rely on Ryanair to travel.”