Ryanair pilots to strike in run-up to Christmas

Marcus Newton
December 13, 2017

In a statement, Ryanair said it had received no notification of any industrial action by its German pilots, adding that it "suspect this is more PR activity by the Lufthansa pilots group VC". Italian crew have already said they'll walk out for four hours on December 15.

Impact official Ashley Connolly said Ryanair was the only Irish-based airline that refuses to recognise independent pilot representatives. "We see no other way", Vereinigung Cockpit president Ilja Schulz told reporters in Frankfurt.

Pilots want a new collective bargaining system to replace employee councils formed in September following Ryanair's rostering fiasco.

Labor leaders across Europe are making an aggressive unionization drive for better working conditions at Ryanair, challenging a low-priced business model that helped make the Irish company the region's biggest budget airline.

In response, Ryanair Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Michael O'Leary ridiculed Mayor's comments by publicly referring to Mueller as "Mad Mike".

Impact said Ryanair was the only Irish-based airline that refused to recognise unions and the dispute was "solely about winning independent representation for pilots in the company".

PILOTS employed directly by Ryanair in Dublin, its second largest base, have voted in favour of taking industrial action.

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Vereinigung Cockpit said it won't strike during from the afternoon of December 23 through December 26, the height of the Christmas holiday travel period.

The I.A.L.P.A.is a registered trade union and is a branch of the trade union IMPACT and affiliated to I.F.A.L.P.A., the International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations.

The budget airline went on to describe VC as a "Lufthansa pilots' trade union", hinting at the involvement of its major commercial rival in the German aviation market in the dispute.

Ryanair said they will deal with any disruptions "if, or when they arise", and have apologised to customers in advance of any delays.

A scheduling mix-up required Ryanair to squeeze six months of pilot leave into half that time, creating a shortage that disrupted the carrier's timetable into next year, forcing it to scrap flights for 700,000 customers.

The company said it was surprised by the decision of less than 28% of Dublin based pilots to strike, when Ryanair's Belfast, Cork and Shannon bases had already agreed these 20% pay deals.

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