Ryanair strike action – News
Ryanair strike action News
20th September – Updates
A series of strikes planned by Ryanair pilots have been called off.
Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) were due to walk out on Saturday and then on September 23, 25, 27 and 29.
Balpa said it had called off the strikes even though the relationship between Ryanair and its pilots in the UK and elsewhere remains “acrimonious”.
UK pilot representatives consulted striking members yesterday and agreed to suspend any further strikes in order to pave the way for meaningful negotiations under the auspices of the UK conciliation service, Acas.
“Despite a strong turnout for strike action and a high level of commitment among pilots in Ryanair, the pilot representatives took the decision to allow a breathing space in the hope that constructive negotiations could get under way.
“Balpa retains the ability to set new strike dates should it be necessary.”
4th September – Updates
There will be further industrial turbulence at Ryanair as some pilots in the UK are set to continue their strike action for another seven days.
Ryanair members of the British Airline Pilots Association announced further strike dates after it said the company made no effort to resolve the dispute, or seek conciliation talks.
The dispute revolves around issues including pay, pensions, maternity benefits and loss of licence insurance.
In a statement, BALPA said it has been “left with no choice but to add more dates given Ryanair’s intransigence”.
The next rounds of strikes will be on 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 29 September.
At the moment the impact of the strikes is not known. If any flights are cancelled then you will receive an Email from Ryanair.
21st August – Updates
The High Court in London will allow a proposed strike by UK-based Ryanair pilots on Thursday and Friday.
Ryanair said it would aim to minimise disruption for passengers and would be able to run its “full schedule of flights”.
However, it said it could not rule out some delays.
A Dublin Court has granted injunction preventing strike action by Irish Pilots later this week. The orders are to remain in place pending the full hearing of the dispute.
In his ruling this morning Mr Justice Denis McDonald said that he was satisfied from the evidence that Ryanair DAC was entitled to orders against Forsa, which is the parent union of IALPA, preventing the airline pilots from striking for 48 hours commencing on midnight on August 22nd
Read the full story here at https://www.irishtimes.com
20th August – Strike Update – Ryainair to seek High Court Injunction to halt Strike
Directly-employed Ryanair pilots in Ireland will strike for 48 hours on August 22-23 in a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions.
Pilots in the Forsa/IALPA trade union voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action last week after accusing Ryanair of stalling on talks since pay demands were submitted in late March.
In addition, pilots employed by Ryanair in the UK who are members of the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA) have voted for strike action on 22 and 23 August and three more on 2, 3 and 4 September. (Details of the Spanish strikes HERE
If Ryanair is successful in its High Court Injunction, it means the proposed strikes will not go ahead. However, if unsuccessful, it is likely the strikes will go ahead as planned unless the airline can find an agreement with the unions.
BALPA recently revealed that Ryanair is seeking a High Court Injunction on Wednesday in an effort to stop industrial action from taking place. The union claims that as a result, the airline’s “chance to resolve the dispute involving their pilots has been lost.”
Ryanair’s Chief People Officer Eddie Wilson has said that the airline cannot concede to the pilots’ “grossly unreasonable demands.”
Millions of passengers are expected to fly with Ryanair on the scheduled strike days. However, because the airline uses crews based in France, Spain, Italy and elsewhere for flights to and from British airports, it is thought not many flights serving the UK will be affected.
But the IALPA strike could disrupt the plans of thousands of travellers looking to fly between the UK and Ireland over the busy bank holiday.
Ryanair should inform its passengers over text or email if their flight has been affected by strike action.
7th August – UK-based Ryanair pilots have voted to strike in a row over pay and conditions.
In July, the budget airline reported a sharp fall in quarterly profits to 21%, due to higher costs for fuel and staff, and reduced ticket prices.
The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) has announced two walkouts.
The first strike will be for 48 hours from 22-23 August, while the second strike will be for 60 hours from 2-4 September.
Balpa said its members have many disagreements with the airline, including over pensions, loss of license insurance, maternity benefits, allowances and pay structure.
The union said it had decided to strike because of “decades of Ryanair refusing to deal with unions”.
“We have had no formal offer from Ryanair and it is imperative that we resolve this dispute urgently to avoid strike action,” said Balpa’s general secretary Brian Strutton.
“No pilot wants to spoil the public’s travel plans but at the moment it seems we have no choice.”