Belfast Telegraph

Ryanair pilots and cabin crew to strike in Italy

By John Mulligan

Italy’s Anpac trade union has said that Ryanair pilots and cabin crew in the country, who are members of the union, intend to strike for four hours on December 15.

The civil aviation union has notified the airline and the Italian government of the planned strike.

The notice of strike action from Anpac comes as Ryanair pilots around Europe step up action in an effort to force the carrier to engage in collective bargaining across its almost 90 bases.

Anpac has informed the relevant government departments in Italy that Ryanair pilots and cabin crew will strike between 1pm and 5pm on December 15 as they seek to negotiate a collective labour agreement and address other matters including social security issues.

The notice of strike action comes after Portuguese aviation union Spac notified Ryanair yesterday that the union now has a mandate from Ryanair pilots there to negotiate a collective labour agreement with Ryanair.

A vote by Ryanair pilots in Portugal also gave Spac a mandate to call for industrial action, up to and including strike action.

It’s understood that other European pilot unions are also in the process of seeking mandates from Ryanair pilots to initiate possible industrial action.

Ryanair pilots have intensified efforts to unionise and secure a collective labour agreements since a rostering debacle that forced the airline to cancel thousands of flights and ground aircraft.

But the airline, headed by chief executive Michael O’Leary, has continued to resist call to engage with unions, as well as a newly-formed European Employee Representative Committee (EERC).  The EERC wants to be a single representative body for Ryanair pilots across Europe. Ryanair negotiates pay and conditions on an individual basis with each of its bases.

Ryanair is non-unionised and is entitled under law not to recognise unions in its workplace.

A Ryanair spokesman said: "This is the sixth time FIT/CSIL or ANPAC has announced strikes by Ryanair pilots, only to postpone/cancel them later.

"We expect this latest threatened strike will also be postponed/cancelled since both FIT/CSIL and ANPAC are Alitalia unions with no role in Ryanair."

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