Friday 14 December 2018

Action by Irish-based pilots 'to stop' as talks start

Ryanair (Peter Byrne/PA)
Ryanair (Peter Byrne/PA)

Anne-Marie Walsh

Ryanair pilots are likely to stop announcing strikes as talks to resolve a row over terms and conditions begin on Monday.

It his highly unlikely that Fórsa will set any further strike dates as negotiations chaired by mediator Kieran Mulvey get under way.

Sources revealed that the airline may be asked to lift its threat of job cuts after issuing a protective notice to more than 300 Irish-based staff, as part of a deal.

Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary asked Mr Mulvey to step in last week as a row over the pilots' demand for a seniority system to decide holidays and base transfers worsened. It is understood that he favoured an independent mediator rather than an intervention by the State mediation bodies. His senior executives have described their activity as "glacial".

The talks come as 55,000 passengers suffered flight cancellations yesterday, when pilots in five countries went on strike. It was the Irish-based pilots' fifth 24-hour stoppage.

The war of words between the parties continued yesterday as Fórsa blamed Ryanair for the fact that the strike went ahead due to a failure to recognise the need for a mediator earlier. Ryanair said 85pc of its flights operated as normal despite the "unjustified" strike action.

Irish Independent

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