Mediation call as Dublin-based Ryanair pilots stage fourth strike

Mediation call as Dublin-based Ryanair pilots stage fourth strike

Mediation call as Dublin-based Ryanair pilots stage fourth strike

Ryanair's directly-employed pilots in Ireland will join colleagues in Sweden and Belgium on strike in an escalating day of action on August 10, the fifth one-day walkout in the airline's home market.

Spanish pilots union Sepla has stated that it is suing strike-hit Ryanair in Spain's High Court over its pilot contracts.

Trade union Forsa, of which the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (IALPA) is a branch, said directly employed Ryanair pilots in Ireland would stage their fifth one-day strike since July 12 beginning at 0100 on August 10 in an ongoing dispute about working conditions including base transfers.

Ryanair has said that it had agreed nine of the union's 11 demands for a seniority-based system for allocation of transfers, annual leave and promotions - though Fórsa has claimed that the airline is exaggerating the common ground between them.

Unrest surfaced at Ryanair following a planning mix-up in September 2017 which led to 20,000 flights being canceled.

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.

It will be the fifth strike by pilots since July 12.

"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. "FORSA should now explain why another 3,500 Irish customers will have their flights and holidays next Friday 10 Aug disrupted when FORSA have refused not one, but two invitations to meet with Ryanair to resolve this dispute".

"Ryanair again calls on FORSA to remove these Aer Lingus pilots from the process since they have no interest in meeting or resolving this dispute, they just want to damage Ryanair's business and our share price for the benefit of Aer Lingus".

Ryanair cancelled 24 of around 2,300 daily flights after a second one-day strike by Irish pilots.

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

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