Talks to avert Ryanair’s Irish pilots strike

epaselect epa06909506 Ryanair airplanes stand idle on the tarmac during the first day of strike of the company's cabin crews at Brussels South airport, in Charleroi, Belgium, 25 July 2018. The strike is expected to affect some 23,500 passengers to and from Belgium: about 16,500 in Charleroi and more than 7,000 in Brussels Airport. Ryanair cabin crews demand better wages and working conditions. Media reports say that the airline had cancelled some 600 flights on the two days with up to 100,000 passengers having to find alternative routes or accept a refunding. EPA-EFE/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

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Ryanair’s directly employed pilots in Ireland agreed to attend mediated talks starting on Wednesday to avert a strike their trade union said would go ahead next week if the airline does not properly address a pay claim.

Europe’s largest budget airline suffered a number of strikes a year ago after a rocky start to its move to recognize unions for the first time, and is under pressure again with pilots in its home market threatening to join cabin crew in Portugal and pilots in Britain on the picket line this month.

Irish pilots who are members of the Forsa/IALPA trade union voted overwhelmingly in favor of industrial action on Friday after accusing Ryanair of stalling on talks since pay demands were submitted in late March.

 

Via Reuters

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