Ryanair pilots' strike after last-ditch talks fail

Marco Green
July 12, 2018

Low-priced airline Ryanair has cancelled 30 flights on Thursday after talks with pilots ended without an agreement.

Flights between Ireland and the United Kingdom are the only ones impacted by the strike action, but a significant number of passengers have been affected.

Ryanair has confirmed that 30 flights to and from Ireland and the United Kingdom will be cancelled on Thursday after talks between management and unions broke down.

"All customers who are travelling on flights to/from Ireland on Thursday 12 July who have not received any email or text notifications of flight cancellations should travel to their departure airport as normal", Ryanair said in a statement.

The budget airline also said it has made alternative travel arrangements - both flights and ferries - for nearly 5,000 passengers.

Flights from Dublin to Gatwick, Birmingham, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol and Manchester have all been affected.

"It is unacceptable that competitor airline pilots are actively organising strikes by Ryanair's pilots when these airlines will be the direct beneficiaries of any such disruption".

The Irish pilots' concerns relate to pay and conditions including a dispute over seniority, as well as the procedures for allocation of base transfers, promotions and annual leave.

The Irish carrier blamed the Forsa union for the breakdown in negotiations after seven hours of talks.

On Twitter, Ryanair said: "We respect but regret the decision of 25% of our Irish pilots to go on strike, but believe that they should take up our offer of working groups so we can resolve these issues".

Earlier in the week the airline said it had planned for the strike by trying to "minimise the impact" on "families travelling on holidays to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece".

Ryanair is facing its first day of industrial action in Ireland since the airline bowed to pressure from staff and recognised trades unions.

Last autumn, Ryanair was forced to cancel hundreds of flights after rostering failures left the airline with insufficient crew.

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