Ireland Tens of thousands of holidays in doubt as Ryanair pilots back strike action

19:05  03 july  2018
19:05  03 july  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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Ryanair pilots in Ireland have announced strike action just days before Christmas. Trade union the Irish Air Line Pilots ’ Association announced that a majority of its 84 Ryanair -employed members backed industrial action in a secret ballot which took place this weekend.

If Ryanair does not change its stance, Mr. Wahl said, “further strike action will be possible.” Pilots in other European countries, including Ireland and Italy, have threatened to walk off the job. The pilots pushed back , and Ryanair cut thousands of flights instead.

A Ryanair plane is parked on the tarmac at Dublin Airport on September 21, 2017. Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary on September 21, 2017, said he could not rule out axing more flights, but added any additional cancellations would not be linked to ongoing pilot roster problems. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Images A Ryanair plane is parked on the tarmac at Dublin Airport on September 21, 2017. Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary on September 21, 2017, said he could not rule out axing more flights, but added any additional cancellations would not be linked to ongoing pilot roster problems. / AFP PHOTO / Paul FAITH (Photo credit should read PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images) RYANAIR passengers face the prospect of summer chaos after pilots served notice of a 24 hour strike next Thursday - and threatened there will be more to come.

The move comes after pilots voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action this afternoon.

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The largest Italian pilots ’ union, Anpac, called off strike action that had been due to take place on Friday. As long as the Ryanair pilots play out their arguments in public then they'll almost always win. These are pilots . They aren't going on holiday , they're going to work.

Ryanair pilots suspend strike action planned for Wednesday. In October, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary wrote to his airline's pilots to offer them better pay and conditions after Ryanair was forced to cancel thousands of The carrier admitted it had "messed up" the planning of its pilots ' holidays .

The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association said that 99pc of over 100 directly-employed pilots who were balloted backed industrial action in the vote.

Ialpa is a division of the Fórsa union, which said the strike action will last for 24 hours beginning at 1am on Thursday July 12.

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It said the pilots backed industrial action over management’s approach to transferring pilots between its European and African bases.

Fórsa said it has told Ryanair that it will notify the airline of more strikes days “in due course”.

Pilots want those with the longest service to get first call on entitlements including annual leave when their children are on holiday, promotions and transfers between bases.

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Yesterday, the Irish directly-employed pilots backed industrial action by 94%. IMPACT official Ashley Connolly said Ryanair 's failed negotiating model had let down both shareholders and tens of thousands of passengers, whose flights were cancelled this year as "company-controlled" industrial

Ryanair pilots based in Ireland will today reveal the result of their ballot for strike action , amid frustration over the failure to reach agreement with the airline on issues including seniority and processes for promotions and annual leave.

Ialpa claims that management has not accepted the directly-employed pilots’ demand to set up a Master Seniority List to determine how these selections are made.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary speaks during a press conference in London on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N        (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images) © Catalyst Images Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary speaks during a press conference in London on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

It says this is the norm at other airlines.

Fórsa said a request for talks on the issue had been met with a threat to move Dublin-based aircraft and pilots to other airports and cut opportunities for promotion.

“Our member pilots directly employed by Ryanair complain that there is no transparent system for the determination of important matters including voluntary and involuntary base transfer, command upgrade, allocation of annual leave and promotion,” it said.

“When a pilot receives notice of a mandatory base change, or is denied a request for a change of base, such management decisions can have a devastating effect on family life.”

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However, they have not called off next week's strike action in Ireland. In October, Mr O'Leary wrote to the Ryanair 's pilots to offer them better pay and conditions after the airline was forced to cancel thousands of flights.

Ryanair pilots have suspended a pre-Christmas one-day strike , union bosses have announced. In Spain, there are no strikes planned for pilots but ground staff unions have not ruled out action on 30 December. The carrier admitted it had "messed up" the planning of its pilots ' holidays .

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It said it is seeking a seniority agreement to provide pilots with a fair and transparent mechanism to organise transfers.

However, it said it is “willing to engage” on the issues identified in the notice of strike action.

Demands by unions representing Ryanair staff are ramping up after the airline made a shock announcement last December to recognise unions to stave off a strike.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary speaks during a press conference in London on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N        (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images) © Catalyst Images Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary speaks during a press conference in London on August 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)

Ryanair cabin crew from across Europe and North Africa are also threatening a summer of industrial unrest in pursuit of “fair” pay and conditions.

Cabin Crew United, who are members of unions affiliated to the International Transport Workers Federation began to gather in Dublin today for a two day summit.

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The pilots backed industrial action by a margin of 94% to 6% in secret ballots conducted over the last week. According to the union, the dispute is “over Ryanair Management’s failed negotiating model has let down shareholders and tens of thousands of passengers, whose flights were cancelled this

Holidays . Impact, the union representing Ireland-based pilots , has agreed to meet the low-cost carrier’s management and rescind strike action set for Wednesday. Impact said: “Impact has this evening suspended a planned one-day strike of Ryanair pilots next Wednesday after company

They plan to draw up a list of demands for better working conditions.

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The budget airline has still not finalised an agreement on union recognition with Fórsa, IALPA’s parent union.

In a statement, Cabin Crew United said it is clear that Ryanair has a long way to go before it wins a reputation as a good employer.

It said that the company had signed a recognition deal with Unite covering UK based cabin crew but it has yet to provide concrete improvement in pay and conditions,.

“Conditions at Ryanair have been heavily criticised over the last few years, with the range of issues highlighted including poverty pay, draconian disciplinary procedures, unachievable sales targets sand staff having to pay for items that most decent employers provide,” it said.

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Ryanair to cancel up to 30 flights on Thursday due to pilot strike .
RYANAIR will cancel 30 of its 290 Irish flights during a 24-hour strike by pilots this Thursday.It said it did its utmost to avoid the industrial action over pilots’ demand for a ‘seniority list’ to decide who gets holidays, promotions and transfers.

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