Thursday, 20 September, 2018

Ryanair announce ANOTHER one day strike in August

Fórsa said Ryanair's escalation of the dispute last Wednesday led to a predictable hardening of resolve among staff Fórsa said Ryanair's escalation of the dispute last Wednesday led to a predictable hardening of resolve among staff
Laurie Berry | 05 August, 2018, 22:43

It said on Thursday that it would contact another 3,500 passengers to inform them of 20 further cancellations on August 10.

Ryanair has confirmed that it expects tomorrow's planned strike by up to 100 pilots based in Dublin to go ahead.

Ryanair, which operates from 86 bases in 37 countries and carried 130 million passengers last year, averted widespread strikes before last with a last-minute U-turn to recognise unions for the first time in its 32-year history.

Ryanair shares were down 0.2% at 12.98 euros by 1455 GMT, near two-year lows and well below the level hit in December, when it shocked the markets by ending 32 years of refusing to recognise unions.

Kenny Jacobs, chief marketing officer at Ryanair, commented: "Regrettably, nearly 200,000 Ryanair customers had their flights cancelled in July because of repeated ATC staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France, adverse weather, and unnecessary pilot and cabin crew strikes".

It read: "For over a month, the union has said that industrial action is likely to continue until there is substantial movement on the pilots' reasonable demands for an agreement on a fair and transparent approach to base transfers and related matters".

Twenty people killed in WWII vintage plane crash
Earlier on Saturday, a small plane carrying two parents and their two children crashed in the nearby canton of Nidwalden. Police said a large rescue mission had been deployed to the scene of the crash, including five helicopters.

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.

The notice came just one day after Ryanair offered a meeting with Forsa on next Tuesday morning under the conditions that no more strikes will be called by the union before the proposed meeting.

"Ryanair's refusal to recognize SEPLA and to apply the Spanish labor legislation to its pilots operating in Spain forces the union to use the judicial route to achieve this objective", it said. Ryanair said the walkout has had no effect on its service as on 24 of the 300 flights to and from Ireland were cancelled a week ago.

Ryanair has said it will shift jobs and planes to more profitable areas, and threatened to move more if the strikes continue.

Ryanair refused to say anything on the lawsuit, saying it did not "comment on rumour or speculation". Sepla represents around 500 of the 800 Ryanair pilots in Spain.

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