Belfast Telegraph

Holidays threat as Ryanair pilots vote over strike action in perks row

Boss: Michael O’Leary
Boss: Michael O’Leary

By Anne-Marie Walsh

Holiday plans for tens of thousands could be in jeopardy as Ryanair pilots ballot to go on strike as early as next week.

The pilots are set to back the strike action in a ballot today in a row over who gets first call on workplace perks.

Sources said it was likely that a majority of more than 100 directly employed pilots at the airline would vote for industrial action.

The Irish Airline Pilots Association (IALPA) gave its members until early July to vote.

Pilots want the length of their time in the job to decide who gets first call on entitlements like annual leave during school holidays, promotions and transfers between bases.

IALPA wants a master seniority list to be drawn up and said this was the norm at other airlines.

Cabin crew are threatening a "summer of industrial action" for "fair" pay and conditions.

Members of the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) will meet in Dublin today to draw up a list of demands.

The union's demands come after Ryanair agreed to recognise unions across Europe following a strike threat before Christmas.

Michael O'Leary's airline has still not finalised a recognition agreement with IALPA's parent union, Forsa.

The ITF said Ryanair had a long way to go before it wins a reputation as a good employer.

It said that the company signed a recognition deal with Unite for UK-based cabin crew but had yet to provide any concrete improvement in conditions.

Belfast Telegraph