Ryanair pilots plan more action as cabin crew strike next week

Marco Green
July 22, 2018

About 50,000 Ryanair customers are facing flight cancellations and last-minute changes because of a series of summer strikes, which are set to continue this week.

"We call on FORSA to cancel the 3rd strike (next Tuesday 24) which is supported by less than 25 per cent of our Irish pilots".

Ryanair confirmed that it has already issued email and text messages to the affected customers advising them that their flights have been cancelled seven days in advance due to a notified strike by some cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain.

It is unclear as of yet which Irish flights will be affected.

Ryanair Pilots are now picketing outside Airside retail park while the company has pleaded with trade union Forsa to cancel next week's strike which is due to take place on Tuesday July 24.

Up to 4,000 passengers' travel plans were disrupted yesterday when 24 flights were grounded as Irish-based pilots held a second strike in a dispute over terms and conditions.

However if a flight is cancelled due to extraordinary circumstances, passengers are not necessarily entitled to compensation under the European Union regulation.

The pilots mounted pickets at the airline's headquarters at Airside in Dublin yesterday. "When we met the company on Wednesday at no time did the scheduled industrial actions come up for discussion", he said.

"Clearly, they've been able to rearrange operationally in order to minimise disruption".

Today the situation has improved a little with German, French, Portugese and Greek ATC shortages delaying 79 (18%) of the airline's first wave of flight departures this morning. Given that Ryanair cabin crew enjoy great pay - up to €40,000 p.a. Pilots are concerned about promotions, seniority and annual leave, among other issues. During that same two-day period, he said Fórsa has done nothing except hold another "pointless strike".

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