Thousands of Ryanair pilots to hold crunch meetings across Europe
- Pilots prepare battle plans for clash with management
- Demands for improved working conditions and pay
- O'Leary and bosses attempt to minimise flight chaos
Thousands of Ryanair pilots are set to hold crunch meetings across Europe this week as they prepare battle plans for a clash with management amid demands for improved working conditions and pay.
Independent.ie understands that the meetings are likely to be held from Tuesday onwards.
About 4,200 pilots work with Ryanair.
Following a weekend advert by the Texas-based Allied Pilots Association (APA) urging Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary to "rethink his approach" to dealing with pilots, pressure continues to be heaped on the airline's management.
APA represents 15,000 pilots at American Airlines.
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Ryanair is non-unionised. Last week, the airline's chief executive, Michael O'Leary, insisted that pilots at the airline do not want to be unionised.
He said that "hell will freeze over" before he would welcome unions into the airline.
With 86 Ryanair bases across Europe, pilots at 55 of them have already dispatched a slate of demands to management.
Michael O'Leary and other senior executives are understood to have held meetings over the weekend as they pursue intense efforts to minimise the flights chaos that has caused disruption to hundreds of thousands of passengers.