Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Ryanair strike could cause massive flight disruptions over the coming weeks

Ryanair strike could cause massive flight disruptions over the coming weeks

Ryanair chose to recognize unions in December but the ITF said little progress had been made in the past six months and there had been no concrete improvements in pay and working conditions.

An empty Ryanair customer services desk is seen at Dublin airport in Dublin, Ireland September 27, 2017.

There could be chaos on the way for thousands of holiday makers as Irish Ryanair pilots who are members of the Ialpa pilot union have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

Ryanair pilots will reveal whether or not they will back strike action, following the lack of resolution of several issues within the company.

The union claims Ryanair is not taking the demands of pilots seriously and that progress on improving pay and working conditions is too slow.

It is warning of possible further industrial action if Ryanair does not address its concerns.

After the breakdown of negotiations between the management of low-priced airline Ryanair and representatives of cabin crew staff in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy, it now seems nearly inevitable that flights will be disrupted by strikes during the summer, jeopardizing the travel plans of millions of passengers across Europe.

The cabin crew also demanded pay rises and the abolition of agency work.

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A 24-hour strike is planned for Thursday 12 July.

This included: "voluntary/involuntary base transfer/allocation, command upgrade, allocation of annual leave and promotion".

It comes amid a dispute over the pilots' terms and conditions.

Cabin crew from across Europe could follow suit at some stage.

Ryanair has described the demands as "pointless" and says cabin crew get sick pay, a 400-euro annual uniform allowance and could earn up to 40,000 euros a year.

She said any compensation depends on when passengers are notified of a cancellation or delay and that most of the time airlines offer a re-route or a flight at a later day depending on seat availability.

The airline said the move would give customers who have paid for reserved seating more time to pick their seats.

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