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Sunday 8 December 2019

Cancelled flight worries as Ryanair wage talks break down

Ryanair’s Eddie Wilson
Ryanair’s Eddie Wilson

Ryanair passengers face the threat of a 48-hour strike next week after talks to end a pay row with pilots broke down.

Sources said discussions to avert industrial action by the Irish-based pilots ended yesterday evening with no further meetings planned.

It is understood that demands for wage hikes of more than 50pc backdated to February last year were made at the talks.

The airline already faces problems following the announcement of 10 days of industrial action in Spain.

The directly-employed pilots will strike for 48 hours on August 22 and 23, coinciding with stoppages by UK-based pilots.

Trade union Forsa served strike notice on Ryanair last night and said it will notify it of further strike days in due course.

It said airline negotiators failed to put forward a counter-proposal on a range of terms and conditions.

Denying

The move comes after 94pc of Irish Airline Pilots' Association members voted for industrial action in the dispute over pay and working conditions.

The association, denying management claims that they had not received specific proposals, said Ryanair had been given detailed proposals nearly four months ago.

It said the airline made no significant response.

Ryanair said the pilots withdrew from mediation after no progress was made on their "unrealistic demands".

Ryanair's Eddie Wilson said: "We have done everything in our power to avoid disruption to flights and customers' holidays."

Company sources are confident they will be able to minimise disruption and reaccommodate passengers if the strikes go ahead.

Cancellations will be limited to UK provincial flights as much as poss- ible, as was the case during similar action by the pilots last year.

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