Ryanair’s Irish union threatens doable strike

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ryanair’s Irish union has given the company till May 24 to comply with new working practices, or it’s going to poll pilots for doable industrial motion, together with strikes.

FILE PHOTO: A Ryanair Boeing 737-800 aircraft taxis at Lisbon’s airport, Portugal April 24, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File Photo

The Irish airline recognised commerce unions in December for the primary time in its 32-year historical past, when pilots exploited a chaotic interval after the company was pressured to cancel hundreds of flights because of rostering issues.

Since then it has come to bilateral agreements with unions in Britain and Italy, however continues to be working in the direction of offers with unions in different main centres corresponding to Ireland and Spain.

The airline has skilled some minor disruption because of industrial motion in Germany and Portugal, however has to date averted a significant strike.

The Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association wrote to CEO Michael O’Leary in a letter dated May 17, and seen by Reuters. The union is demanding the introduction of recent methods for coping with base allocations, promotions, and annual go away.

“If it is not possible to negotiate the introduction of such a seniority agreement for the benefit of our member pilots directly employed by Ryanair, it is our intention to ballot our member pilots employed by Ryanair for sanction for industrial action up to and including strike action,” the union wrote.

It stated pilots complain that necessary relocations trigger household upheaval and they’re demanding transparency in order that members know why particular pilots are chosen for transfers or why requests for transfers are denied.

The union needs the company to inform pilots why they’re within the base they’re in, the order by which their flip could come for a switch, and why they obtained a selected annual go away allowance.

It additionally needs better transparency round promotions and inner strikes.

Following a request for a remark, Ryanair stated: “We don’t comment on our negotiations with our people.”

In the previous it has stated the Irish union was making calls for not appropriate with its “low-fares, high productivity model”.

The company will release its full-year outcomes on May 21.

Reporting by Graham Fahy; Editing by Andrew Bolton

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