Ryanair’s Irish pilots to proceed with strike

epa07750160 (FILE) - A Ryanair plane at the international airport Frankfurt-Hahn in Hahn, Germany, 08 July 2019 (reissued 31 July 2019). Ryanair's chief Michael O'Leary on 31 July 2019 said in a video message to Ryanair employees the company faces job cuts in coming weeks, and that company has 900 cabin crew and pilots too many. EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

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Directly employed Ryanair pilots based in Ireland, who are members of the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association (IALPA), are to strike for 48 hours from midnight on 22 August.

The move comes after 94% of IALPA members voted in favour of industrial action in this dispute over pay and conditions.

In a statement, Ryanair has called on pilots and Fórsa to return to independent mediation.

It branded the pilots pay proposals as “unrealistic and unimplementable”, saying they amount to a 101% pay increase.

The airline also criticised the timing of this industrial action.

British pilots employed by Ryanair are also due to walk out on 2, 3 and 4 September.

Via RTE/Reuters/ The Independent

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