Ryanair pilots set to strike globally over poor wages and working conditions

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In Summer 2019, Ryanair pilots across the world voted among their unions to strike in separate protests over poor working conditions, including wages and benefits.

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12 August 2019

Ireland: Ryanair pilots vote overwhelmingly to strike over pay as airline accused of 'stalling' negotiations

Author: Simon Calder, The Independent

"Ryanair pilots in Ireland vote to strike", 9 August 2019

Pilots employed directly by Ryanair in Ireland have voted overwhelmingly to strike – unless the airline agrees to union pay proposals by Monday 12 August.

Members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (Ialpa) voted 94 per cent in favour of industrial action in a wide-ranging dispute over pay and working conditions...

...Ialpa says it is seeking pay levels and structures that are in line with sector norms. It says the airline, which posted profits of €1bn (£930m) last year, is in a healthy financial position and can fairly reward its pilots.

 Ialpa is part of the Fórsa union, whose assistant general secretary, Ian McDonnell, accused the company of using stalling tactics in negotiations...

...It [Ryanair] said: “...The result of Fórsa’s ballot shows that less than half of Ryanair’s Irish pilots are members of Fórsa, and less than 60 per cent of...members participated in the ballot...Fórsa are still unable to explain what pay increase they are seeking on top of the 20 per cent increase already agreed, at a time when Ryanair pilots resignations have dwindled to zero..."

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9 August 2019

UK: Ryanair pilots vote to strike over pay and working conditions

Author: ITV News

"Ryanair pilots vote for strike action in row over pay and conditions", 7 August 2019

Pilots at Ryanair are to stage a series of strikes after voting in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) voted by four to one to back a campaign of action on a 72% turnout...

...A union statement said: “...our claim includes many issues including pensions; loss of license insurance; maternity benefits; allowances; and a fair, transparent, and consistent pay structure. We have made no progress with Ryanair management on any of those areas at all, seemingly because Ryanair management cannot understand how to go about working with us constructively, or how to negotiate."

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

...A Ryanair spokesperson said the airline was "disappointed that Balpa is threatening to disrupt our customers' travel plans during late August, early September, when it has the support of less than 30% of Ryanair's UK pilots..."....

 

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26 July 2019

Portugal: Ryanair cabin crew to strike over pay and working conditions

Author: Conor Humphries, Thomson Reuters

Ryanair...cabin crew in Portugal are set to strike for five days in August in a dispute over pay and conditions...

... SNPVAC said Ryanair has refused to comply with a protocol signed last November, which it said included holiday pay, 22 days of annual leave per year and full compliance with Portuguese parental law...

...“Facing the intransigence from Ryanair and the lack of interest of the Portuguese government on guaranteeing the fundamental labor rights to their citizens that work for Ryanair, the cabin crew had no other choice but to return to the industrial conflict,” SNPVAC said in a statement.

Ryanair did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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