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Ryanair strike: Airline proposes third-party mediator for pilots union talks

Ryanair strike: Airline proposes third-party mediator for pilots union talks

The fourth one is due to come on Friday which has forced Ryanair to cancel 20 flights affecting a total of 3,500 customers.

"Ryanair believes that this is because FORSA are not in control of the process, it is being driven by a tiny handful of Aer Lingus pilots who are now working with other pilot unions across Europe to co-ordinate a day of disruption on Friday 10 Aug next".

Ryanair's call for talks with its Ireland-based pilots' union Forsa over labour disputes has been rejected, said the airline on Thursday.

The pilots, who are striking today, confirmed they will refuse to work from 1am on August 10.

Next Fridays picket coincides with a strike by pilots in Sweden and Belgium -their colleagues in Germany and Holland have also backed industrial action but have yet to say when it will happen.

Spanish pilots union Sepla has stated that it is suing strike-hit Ryanair in Spain's High Court over its pilot contracts.

Ryanair cancelled 24 of around 2,300 daily flights after a second one-day strike by Irish pilots.

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Ryanair, whose chief executive is Michael O'Leary, condemned the strike announcement.

Ryanair's pilots in Germany and the Netherlands have also voiced their support for the strikes launched by Ryanair's pilots in Ireland and could join the strikes any time in the near future, according to local media reports.

Forsa should explain why, "when Ryanair has agreed nine of their 11 requirements, they call strikes rather than negotiate", the statement said.

Ryanair, which operates from 86 bases in 37 countries and carried 130 million passengers last year, averted widespread strikes before last with a last-minute U-turn to recognise unions for the first time in its 32-year history.

Ryanair has received a notice from Forsa about a fifth strike to be held on August 10, the company said in a statement.

Ryanair says July 2018 saw more than 1,000 flights cancelled, compared to just 23 in July 2017.