Irish-based Ryanair pilots to strike on 20th December

Ryanair's Ireland-based pilots to strike days before Christmas potentially affecting thousands of flights

Ryanair's Ireland-based pilots to strike days before Christmas potentially affecting thousands of flights

More strike days have been threatened by trade union Impact unless Ryanair management engages with the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (IALPA), which is part of Impact, something Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary has vowed never to do.

Ryanair passengers face disruption to their Christmas travel plans after pilots and crew announced industrial action in a bid to win union recognition and better conditions.

Ryanair said it had received no notification of any industrial action by pilots in Germany and suspects that "this is more PR activity" by the union.

Ryanair pilots want to replace what is known as employee representative councils with a collective bargaining system that would, in turn, take responsibility for all negotiations with the company right across Europe.

Nevertheless, Schulz noted that no strikes would occur during the days around Christmas between the 23rd and 26th of December.

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It added: "If Ryanair's Dublin pilots are misled ... into industrial action, then they will lose their favourable rosters and remuneration benefits that are specifically linked by agreement to dealing directly with Ryanair".

The airline said that it expects the Italian strike to be called off.

"If any such action takes place, Ryanair will deal with it head on, but we will not deal with or recognise the Lufthansa pilots union VC, regardless of what action - if any - takes place".

Ashley Connolly, an assistant general secretary at Impact, said Ryanair was the only Irish-based airline that refuses to recognise independent pilot representatives.

"This dispute is exclusively about winning independent representation for pilots in the company".

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The union warned the strike would either disrupt flights or generate substantial costs for the airline.

"Ryanair will deal with any such disruptions if, or when they arise, and we apologise sincerely to customers for any upset or worry this threatened action... may cause", the company said.

Ryanair routinely dismisses "competitor pilot unions" who it says claim to represent more Ryanair pilots than they do.

Ryanair has recently cancelled 20,000 flights in a move which the company said was aimed at enhancing punctuality.

Pilots have mobilised in the wake of the announcement of 20,000 flight cancellations by the Irish carrier, which it blamed on a lack of standby pilots due to a failure in its rostering following a rule change by Irish regulators.

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Numerous airline's pilots have joined unions following the cancellations, but Ryanair said it could legally decline to negotiate with them. The company has offered higher pay and expanded hiring but has said it will reverse course on concessions if the pilots in Dublin strike.

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