Ryanair's Italy staff threaten December strike

Ryanair's Italy staff threaten December strike

Ryanair cancelled 20,000 flights affecting hundreds of thousands of passengers as a pilot shortage caused chaos during the busy summer travel season.

Ryanair management denied these "hearsay claims" and pointed out that all 86 of Ryanair's air bases have elected pilot representatives, who are able to enter into negotiations without "fear or terror". However, the airline negotiates pay and conditions on an individual basis at each of its bases and does not recognise unions.

The ANPAC union said pilots will strike from 13:00 to 17:00 (1pm-5pm) on Friday December 15.

"Both we and our pilots ignore these letters", he said.

Mr Wilson said this meant the Dublin base would "until further notice be frozen with no promotions for FOs (first officers) or SOs (senior officers)".

"If any such action occurs, then we must assume that Dublin pilots - for the moment - no longer wish to deal directly with Ryanair and we will withdraw those benefits which are dependent on our direct dealing collective agreement".

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Ialpa is part of trade union Impact.

It's understood that other European pilot unions are also in the process of seeking mandates from Ryanair pilots to initiate possible industrial action.

The fraught relationship between Ryanair and its pilots looks set to continue as a union representing its Italy-based flight crew called a four hour strike next week, the first involving pilots in the airline's history. The civil aviation union has notified the airline and the Italian government of the planned strike.

Pilots in Ireland, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Portugal and the Netherlands, as well as Italy, have formed local labor councils in recent weeks in order to press for collective bargaining outside Ryanair's own employee representative committees.

A Ryanair spokesman said: "This is the sixth time FIT/CSIL or ANPAC has announced strikes by Ryanair pilots, only to postpone/cancel them later. We expect this latest threatened strike will also be postponed/cancelled since FIT/CSIL/ANPAC is an Alitalia union with no role in Ryanair", the spokesman said.