9 JULY 2018
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A 24hr strike next Thursday, 12 July, and possible further action by Ryanair pilots over concerns about transfers between European and African bases and seniority agreements were still threatened last night.
The dispute involves the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IAPA), a branch of the Fórsa union, which said 99% of directly-employed Ryanair pilots who were its members had voted in favour of the action.
Ryanair, which began recognising unions only recently (BTN 15 January), after a flight cancellations crisis threw its relations with its workforce into the spotlight and forced it to change its stance, said it had already offered to meet the IAPA.
The new threat comes as Ryanair said last week ATC strikes and staff shortages had caused more than 1,100 flight cancellations last month compared to 41 cancellations in same month last year.
EasyJet also released figures detailing the effects of industrial action, with more than 1,000 more of its flights cancelled in June than in the same month in 2017, mainly because of French and Italian air traffic control strikes.
There were 1,263 cancellations in June 2018 compared to 213 in June 2017, equivalent to around 2.7% of planned capacity. Around 900 were because of ATC action, with a further 150 due to adverse weather conditions and ATC restrictions.
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