Yesterday, Ryanair’s union pilots based in Ireland voted to strike. Of the members of IALPA, the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association, who voted, 94% were in favor of industrial action. This is the third labor dispute notice regarding Ryanair pilots arising within the span of a week.
What the union is saying
According to the BBC, IALPA said its decision is an indication of the frustration and disappointment of pilots with a lack of progress in ongoing pay talks. RTÉ reports that, early next week, the union will inform managers of strike plans unless the airline agrees to union pay proposals before Monday.
Fórsa assistant general secretary Ian McDonnell says Ryanair can avoid industrial action if airline management engages professionally and constructively in talks. IALPA is part of the greater Fórsa union. Here’s more of what he had to say:
“Ryanair’s directly-employed Irish-based pilots are simply seeking pay levels that are common and competitive in the commercial airline sector, from a company that made a more-than-healthy profit of €1 billion last year…They feel they have been forced into contemplating potentially disruptive industrial action by a company that seems either unwilling or unable to negotiate in a professional and constructive manner. At this stage, only a substantive counter-proposal, which properly addresses all areas of our claim, will be enough to prevent us serving notice of industrial action next week.”