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Ryanair's Irish pilots to strike again next week in fifth walkout

By Luke Byrne

Irish-based Ryanair pilots have announced their fifth one-day strike since July 12.

The pilots, who are also staging a walkout today, confirmed last night they will refuse to work next Friday, August 10.

A total of 20 flights will be cancelled on August 10 with 3,500 Irish passengers' travel plans affected as a result of the strike.

Ryanair pilots from Belgium and Sweden have already announced a strike for the same date.

German pilots union VC has supported the industrial action, while pilots in the Netherlands have done likewise, though no details of what action will be taken by either have been revealed.

It comes as talks between unions and the company have made little progress.

Pilots have made 11 demands on issues including the allocation of transfers, leave and promotions.

The union says it gave Ryanair sufficient warning of strike action.

"For over a month the union has said that industrial action is likely to continue until there is substantial movement on the pilots' reasonable demands for an agreement on a fair and transparent approach to base transfers and related matters," union Forsa said.

"In the 19 days since the first one-day strike took place, company management has agreed to just two hours of talks, despite Forsa's repeated assurance that it is available for discussions at any time."

Ryanair said yesterday almost 200,000 of its customers were affected by 1,000 flight cancellations in July.

It blamed repeated air traffic control staff shortages in the UK, Germany and France, adverse weather, and "unnecessary" pilot and cabin crew strikes.

Responding to the fifth day of industrial action announcement, Ryanair said: "Forsa again rejected Ryanair's repeated offers to meet to resolve this dispute on Tuesday next.

"Ryanair has already published details of Forsa's 11 requirements, nine of which have been agreed.

"This fifth unnecessary strike by 25% of Ryanair's Irish pilots proves that Forsa have no interest in meeting Ryanair."

The company said the gap between both sides is "narrow" as it had already agreed to most of the pilots' requirements."

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