Reynair's UK Pilots Vote to Strike Twice This Month

Members of Ryanair’s British pilot union votes Wednesday in favor of strike action later this month in a fight over working conditions, the British Airline Pilots Association said.

Per the union, there will be a two-day strike from Aug. 22, and a second strike from the early hours of Sept. 2 until before midnight on Sept. 4.

In an email from BALPA to its members, the union said its members had sent an “obvious and powerful message to the corporate,” with 79.5% of the votes cast backing the action.

The decision to strike is a challenge for administration at Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, who in recent months mentioned they had resolved industrial relations quarrel with pilots and cabin staff.

Ryanair said the strike action had the backup of less than 30% of its pilots as only half were BALPA members.

“This BALPA industrial action has no order from Ryanair pilots, is ill-timed ten weeks before Brexit, and can trigger unnecessary disturbance to customers holidays and travel plans,” the airline stated.

Ryanair agreed in 2017 to acknowledge unions for the first time, sparking a series of damaging strikes in 2018 that ended when the airline inked collective labor agreements with some pilot unions throughout Europe.

However, BALPA said pilot union colleagues in Spain, Eire, Germany, and Sweden have made “little if any, meaningful progress” in discussions with Ryanair.

The budget airline’s Irish pilot union FORSA-IALPA is balloting members on possible strike action with outcomes due by Friday.

The Irish union said there was “frustration and disappointment” among pilots over a lack of progress in continued pay discussions with the corporate; however, didn’t say when strike action would possibly take place.

By Luann Reagan

Luann Reagan is a freelance journalist with 18 years of combined experience in the news, communications, copywriting, and marketing. For over a decade, she served as editor for a few local newspapers and has also written for the Associated Press. As a self-proclaimed Tech Evangelist, Luann especially enjoys writing articles for Aerospace & Defence Talks. Currently, Luann contributes articles on overall industry updates.

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