Ryanair faces more battles to keep its schedule operating fully and more flight cancellations loom after the Swedish Air Line Pilots Association (SPF) yesterday notified the low-cost carrier its pilots based in Sweden will strike on Friday, 10 August.
SPF said that over the past eight months it has tried to initiate negotiations with Ryanair “without success” adding the Irish carrier has “consistently refused to meet with and negotiate with representatives of SPF”.
Ryanair announced in December last year that it will be recognising unions for pilots all over Europe, and the move has led to strike action across the continent.
SPF said no collective agreements have been agreed to anywhere in Europe and added the carrier’s “hostile relations” to its employees once again showed at several occasions, lately through intimidations and threats to Irish pilots after they used their legal right to strike.
President Martin Lindgren said: “We have not seen any tendency that Ryanair are accepting to let its pilots be represented by unions, anywhere in Europe. All proposals from Ryanair that has been shown to SPF have meant restrictions in how our members are organised and represented, something that is unacceptable to a union.”
Sweden is not the only pilot battle Ryanair is facing as Belgian pilots’ union the Belgian Cockpit Association (BeCA) has also advised its members to do the same on 10 August and in Ireland members of the Irish Air Line Pilots’ Association, part of the Forsa trade union, will strike for a fourth time tomorrow (3 August).