Industrial action will take place on 3 August
Ryanair’s pilots based in Ireland have announced another day of strikes on 3 August, calling managements threats of staff cuts “reckless and unnecessary”.
The industrial action will be the pilots’ fourth day of strikes and Fórsa, the Irish pilots’ union, have threatened that the disruption will continue.
Fórsa said that Ryanair’s actions today were a “provocative act” that was likely to “harden pilots’ resolve”.
Management issued a “protective notice” to 300 members of staff. This is an unofficial notice of redundancy unless circumstances change.
Fórsa issued the following statement: “Ryanair’s unnecessary decision to issue protective notice to 300 of its staff today is reckless and unnecessary, and demonstrates management’s unwillingness and/or inability to implement the airline’s declared intention to agree working conditions with its staff by negotiating with their chosen trade union representatives.
“The move also belies recent Ryanair statements that industrial action by the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association has had no impact on the company’s operations.
“It is normal practice for airlines to reduce activity in the winter months. In light of this – and of Ryanair’s recent difficulty in recruiting and retaining enough pilots to fulfil its schedules – it remains unclear if todays’ provocative move heralds a significant change in normal practice.
“However, the union sees today’s announcement as a provocative gesture which is likely to harden pilots’ resolve.
“Last Friday (20 July), the union wrote to Ryanair management to say it remained available for negotiations. There has still been no response to this. Fórsa remains available for talks, and believes it is possible to reach an agreement on the issues in dispute through negotiations.
“Given its inability or unwillingness to engage in constructive negotiations, Ryanair management would do well to consider the use of independent third party mediation, as has frequently been suggested by Fórsa, to help the parties reach a settlement that addresses pilots’ reasonable issues, while preserving jobs and growth in the company and its Irish bases.”