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Ryanair pilots set to strike over pay row and conditions

by LLB Reporter
8th Aug 19 11:00 am

Ryanair pilots have voted to strike over pay and conditions, the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) announced there will be two walkouts.

The first strike is set for 22 to 23 August and the second strike will being from 2 to 4 September.

Balpa said their members do not want to disrupt flights, but they have no choice as the airline has a culture of “decades of Ryanair refusing to deal with unions.”

Balpa’s general secretary Brian Strutton said, “We have had no formal offer from Ryanair, and it is imperative that we resolve this dispute urgently to avoid strike action.

“No pilot wants to spoil the public’s travel plans but at the moment it seems we have no choice.”

Ryanair said the strikes are “ill timed” and will endanger pilots jobs as fewer than 50% are their pilots are Balpa members and of this only 57% voted for action.

Darrell Hughes Ryanair’s director of HR strategy and operations said in a letter to Balpa that senior captains are paid up to £180,000.

Hughes said, “At this difficult time for UK pilots facing base cuts and closures, Balpa should be working with Ryanair to save UK pilot jobs, not endanger them through ill-timed and ill-judged disruption of our customers’ travel plans, just 10 weeks before the threat of a no-deal Brexit.

“We remain available for talks at your convenience.”

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