Ryanair must change

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 10:41 Author: Charlotte Zalens
Ryanair must change

Ryanair pilots in Ireland, Sweden and Belgium will strike for 24-hours on Friday 10 August.

The strike is part of an ongoing dispute as pilots are demanding a fair and transparent approach to transfers between different bases. On 25 July Ryanair escalated the dispute by threatening to sack 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew, or transfer them to Poland.

Pilots based in Ireland, and members of FORSA union, have already struck for four periods of 24 hours since 12 July. They may be joined by pilots based in Germany and the Netherlands after a poll by the Association of Dutch Pilots saw 99.5% of members in favour of strikes.

Ryanair only recognised unions in December 2017, in what was a huge victory for workers at the airline, and workers are taking the opportunity to push back. Since then workers have struck several times in various countries across Europe.

On 25-26 July cabin crew in Belgium, Portugal and Spain struck, and cabin crew in Italy on 25 July.

Cabin crew are demanding a variety of concessions on employment practices, including the right to be paid into bank accounts in their own countries rather than being forced to open an Irish bank account.

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