Ir­ish pi­lots plan more strikes this month at Ryanair

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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.”

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