Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has agreed to meet the trade union Fórsa today (Tuesday) or tomorrow (Wednesday) in an effort to prevent a planned strike by pilots based in the Republic of Ireland.
The pilots have voted to strike for 24 hours on Thursday (12 July). Ryanair chiefs reportedly said talks should take place at its headquarters in Airside in Swords, but has now agreed to hold them at a neutral venue after a request by the trade union.
Irish national broadcaster RTÉ reports that Ryanair is understood to be working on a contingency plan, and is set to notify passengers today of any potential disruption to their flights, which would cause serious disruption for people flying in and out of Dublin – Ryanair’s main base.
The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) ballot of those directly employed by Ryanair resulted in overwhelming support – 99 per cent – for action. This makes up 27 per cent of Ryanair’s workforce in the Republic of Ireland.
Pilots’ concerns relate to a dispute over seniority, as well as the procedures for allocation of base transfers, promotions and annual leave.
RTÉ also reports that is unclear how many pilots have indicated that they will strike, or how many may volunteer to replace those taking industrial action.