Ryanair nominates mediator to break deadlock with striking Irish pilots

Ryanair flights cancelled strike full list

Ryanair pilots in Ireland have called a fifth one-day strike for August 10, leading the Irish LCC to cancel a further 20 flights and adding to a wave of European industrial action as a conflict with its workforce continues.

Ryanair's Netherlands-based pilots have also voted for industrial action, with the Dutch Airline Pilots Association saying the airline "needs a "wake up call" and a strike in the Netherlands might be the only solution".

Disagreements between the union and Ryanair over promotions and seniority have continued.

Ryanair's pilots based in Belgium and Sweden have announced that they will strike on August 10, a date that coincides with the strike date just announced by Forsa.

Now, the Spanish pilots' union - which represents around 500 of the 800 Ryanair pilots in Spain - says it is going to sue the airline after a year of failed talks.

Cabin crew in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium staged a two-day strike that forced Ryanair to cancel the flights of more than 50,000 customers, the airline's biggest-ever strike.

Ryanair condemned the planned fifth day of strikes. The Irish cancellations alone will affect around 3,500 passengers.

"After a year of negotiations, the failure of Ryanair to recognise Sepla and apply Spanish labour legislation for the pilots who operate in Spain forces the union to take a legal path to attain this objective", the union said.

Ryanair has said it will shift jobs and planes to more profitable areas, and threatened to move more if the strikes continue.

The union said it was willing to explore the option of a third-party facilitating talks but Ryanair said its offer to meet the union one-on-one on Tuesday to try and solve their differences was pointless after another strike was called.

But employees have long slammed their working conditions.

"The recognition of trade unions and the regularization of the situation of pilots are not incompatible with efficient management in a low-priced company", SEPLA argued.

The airline had also until recently refused to recognise unions, but is gradually doing so as pressure increases.

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