Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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Ryanair braces for looming pilot strike with talks grounded

Ryanair braces for looming pilot strike with talks grounded

This news comes after the announcement that roughly 100 Ryanair pilots based out of Dublin airport would be holding a 24 hour strike on 12th July.

Flights from Ireland to Europe will continue as normal.

Ryanair cabin crew are threatening to disrupt Europe's biggest low-priced airline at the height of the holiday season.

"All customers on these flights have received text and email notification of these cancellations earlier today and our Customer Service teams are assisting them with refunds, free transfers to alternative flights". Ryanair says it invited IALPA to meet at its headquarters in Swords, north Dublin, on 20 separate occasions since January but it has repeatedly turned down the invitation, requesting a neutral venue for which it is even prepared to pay.

Ryanair has confirmed that it is to cancel up to 30 flights to and from Ireland on Thursday.

"We regrettably must plan for some disruptions on Thursday, and try to minimise their impact, especially upon Irish customers and their families travelling on holidays to Portugal, France, Spain, Italy and Greece", Ryanair said in a statement.

Relations soured even further last week following the publication of an internal memo in which Ryanair's "chief people officer" Eddie Wilson described the planned strike action as "blackmail".

Meanwhile Ryanair cabin crew are also planning action of their own with their staff based in Italy, Portugal, Spain and Belgium saying they will strike in late July.

Ryanair have expressed on their social channels that they have been contacting Fórsa in an attempt to halt planned strike action but as it stands no definitive agreement has been reached. Unions make clear that further action should be expected if Ryanair does not take onboard some of their demands.

It added: "These coordinated strike threats are created to cause unnecessary disruption to customers and damage Ryanair's low-fare model, for the benefit of high-fare competitor airlines in Ireland and Germany".

Spanish union Sitcpla representative, Monique Duthiers: "They (Ryanair) are using their transnational nature or the Irish law at (their) convenience".

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