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Thursday 19 September 2019

Ryanair pilots begin ballot for strike action

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Shawn Pogatchnik

Ryanair pilots who are members of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association (Ialpa) have begun balloting on possible strike action in a row over pay.

The association said the ballot would continue until August 9.

It said the decision to ballot reflected the frustration and disappointment of pilots with the lack of progress in ongoing pay talks with the company.

Ialpa did not specify a date when any service disruption might begin.

The Irish move follows a similar decision earlier this month by Ryanair pilots in Britain to ballot in a dispute over pay and conditions.

The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) has signalled that its balloting of Ryanair pilots in Britain would not lead to any service disruption before the week of August 19.

Ryanair suffered a series of strikes last year after the airline bowed to pressure in late 2017 to recognise unions for the first time. Ryanair since has negotiated collective-labour agreements with several pilot unions across Europe.

Irish Independent

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