Ireland 'How many thousands of family holidays are going to be ruined?' - Ryanair passengers urge airline and unions to meet and try to avert strike

14:35  06 july  2018
14:35  06 july  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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A Ryanair jet lands at Dublin Airport (Niall Carson/PA) © Provided by Irish Independent A Ryanair jet lands at Dublin Airport (Niall Carson/PA) RYANAIR passengers have urged the airline and unions to stop bickering about where they might meet for talks and halt a 24-hour strike next Thursday.

In angry tweets, they asked Ryanair and Fórsa to resolve their differences and ensure next week’s stoppage over pilots’ demand  for a ‘seniority’ system for allocating workplace perks does not go ahead.

The messages were sent after the Irish Airline Pilots Association, a branch of Fórsa, urged the company to meet at a “neutral venue”, which it will pay for, rather than its Airside HQ.

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But Ryanair said the union had previously met at Airside so there was no good reason why it would not do so again.

“Am I reading right @Ryanair and @forsa_union_ie, ye are both banging yer chests about where to meet?” said one tweet. “How many thousands of family holidays are going to be ruined because of this?

“Please someone stand up and be the bigger, more constructive, group.”

Pilots who are directly employed rather than contracted or agency staff have served notice that they will not work next Thursday and have threatened rolling stoppages.

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Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Tens of thousands of holidays in Ialpa is a division of the Fórsa union , which said the strike action will last for 24 hours beginning at 1 am Fórsa said it has told Ryanair that it will notify the airline of more strikes days “in due course”.

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 urged Fórsa to enter talks and insisted that the strike is unnecessary.

“Ryanair again calls on Fórsa to call of, or at least postpone, next Thursday’s Irish pilots strike and meet on either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week to negotiate these issues,” it said in a statement.

“Given that Fórsa and cabin crew met with Ryanair in Airside last Friday, June 29, there’s no good reason why Fórsa and pilots won’t meet in Airside to avert this unnecessary strike.”

A Fórsa spokesperson said there had been “no developments since yesterday”.

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When asked about its contingency plans, a Ryanair spokesman said he had no comment to make.

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