Published: Sun, August 05, 2018
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Ryanair release strong statement blaming "handful" of Aer Lingus pilots for strikes

Ryanair release strong statement blaming

The fourth one is due to come on Friday which has forced Ryanair to cancel 20 flights affecting a total of 3,500 customers.

Spanish pilots' union SEPLA has filed a lawsuit against Ryanair in a bid to get the airline to apply Spanish labor law to its members' contracts.

The news comes as talks between the two parties made little progress.

Pilots in Belgium and Sweden have announced a walkout for Friday, August 10.

Ryanair pilots from Belgium and Sweden have already announced a strike on the same date.

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Ryanair has said it may face industrial action in Germany and the Netherlands on the same day.

It said the offer to meet was now pointless and it would notify another 3,500 Irish passengers of 20 further flight cancellations.

"Ryanair again calls on FORSA to remove these Aer Lingus pilots from the process since they have no interest in meeting or resolving this dispute, they just want to damage Ryanair's business and our share price for the benefit of Aer Lingus".

The Forsa trade union, which had called for such a move, welcomed Ryanair's response and said it would recommend to pilots.

It will be the fifth strike by pilots since July 12.

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"In the 19 days since the first one-day strike took place, company management has agreed to just two hours of talks, despite Fórsa's repeated assurance that it is available for discussions at any time".

"This is part and parcel of life in aviation when you recognise unions", Ryanair Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs told Ireland's Newstalk radio station, pointing to years of wrangling over pay and conditions at rival Lufthansa.

"The airline's escalation of the dispute when it threatened to sack 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew, or transfer them to Poland, led to a predictable hardening of resolve among its staff".

Ryanair has received a notice from Forsa about a fifth strike to be held on August 10, the company said in a statement.

Ryanair cancelled 16 of around 2,300 daily flights on after the third one-day strike by Irish pilots.

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