Industrial action might proceed even though the unions have accepted a meeting with the airline’s officials
Ryanair pilots are set to take an industrial action on Thursday 12 July despite the fact that the unions and company representatives are about to meet on Wednesday 11 July.
According to the Fórsa trade union, its branch, The Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA), has offered to accept Ryanair’s invitation to meet the company. However, in an official statement, the union claims that the planned strike is still “likely” to happen.
Forsá was reacting to a letter sent by the airline’s chief people officer, Eddie Wilson, who wrote the union’s national secretary Angela Kirk that the airline would meet pilots’ representatives in Dublin Airport.
Fórsa wrote to the company on Monday to confirm the pilots’ body has “proposed and reserved a ‘neutral’ venue in order to allay concerns expressed by Ryanair that a meeting between the parties would risk becoming a ‘media circus’,” the statement says.
The meeting will take place in the Seán Lemass Room in Terminal One in Dublin Airport tomorrow morning.
The unions are in a dispute with the budget carrier over the issue of a seniority agreement for pilots.
Ryanair offers to meet its pilots (and FORSA) at neutral venue on Tues or Wed to avoid unnecessary pilot strike on Thurs (see attached). pic.twitter.com/G0J0yTssbf
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) July 9, 2018
Appart from clearer conditions related to annual leave or base allocation, pilots demand a clarification about their length of service.
The carrier maintains it has already sent IALPA proposals dealing with these issues.
Fórsa said that, while the impact on Thursday’s flight schedules was unknown, it was determined to work towards resolving the matter.
According to the Telegraph, the strike could cause cancellation on Irish routes only, with Ryanair stating: “Since Ireland accounts for less than 7 per cent of Ryanair flights, we expect that 93 per cent of our customers will be unaffected by any strike.”