Ryanair strike: When is it and why are pilots so unhappy?

Ryanair strike: When is it and why are pilots so unhappy?

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Pilots employed by Ryanair in Dublin have announced two more 24-hour strikes. It follows a one-day stoppage which led to the cancellation of 30 flights between the UK and the Irish capital, and the threat of cabin-crew strikes in four European countries later in July. Your questions are answered here. When is the pilots’ strikes? The first is on one of the busiest days of the year for aviation: Friday 20 July. The second is a day when all UK schools will be on holiday, Tuesday 24 July.  Why are the pilots striking? Ryanair pilots’ strike causes 24 flight cancellations Nearly 100 pilots employed by Ryanair who are members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) voted to strike in a dispute about seniority, annual leave arrangements and transfers of flight crew between European and North African bases. Ryanair says it has 350 pilots based in Ireland, of whom only 27 per cent have voted to strike. They are mainly contracted through personal service companies. What does each side say? When calling the latest strikes, IALPA said it had “found some common ground in talks” over a proposal for a joint working group,  “but failed to reach agreement on the terms of ....

The union said it has made repeated suggestions to bring in an arbitrator. In response, Ryanair said: “We would encourage our pilots to take up our offer of a working group to resolve these issues, but if they wish to hold another unsuccessful strike again, then so be it." What is the likely effect? Ryanair cabin crew strikes: what are your rights? 24 flights have been cancelled on Friday 20 July, impacting more than 4, 000 passengers booked to fly on Ryanair between Ireland and the UK. When will I find out if my flights is affected - and what are my option? Ryanair says: "We will contact customers in due course when we receive details.” The airline will typically give up to 48 hours’ warning to passengers whose flights are cancelled. Travellers are offered a choice between a full refund and “re-accommodation” on flights that are going ahead. But I can’t afford to wait days for the next available departure … If Ryanair cancels a flight, its stated policy is to secure an alternative on the same day or the following day. If this cannot be achieved, the airline will pay for tickets on a rival carrier. I’m stuck overnight. ....

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