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Ryanair pilots could strike over pay: union

Pilots at low-cost airline Ryanair are to be balloted on whether to take industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions. (PA)
Pilots at low-cost airline Ryanair are to be balloted on whether to take industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions. (PA)

By Alan Jones

Pilots at low-cost airline Ryanair are to be balloted on whether to take industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) will vote in the coming weeks, with the result due next month, it was reported yesterday.

The union insisted there were a number of areas of concern for pilots on issues such as pensions, maternity benefits, allowances and a "fair, transparent and consistent" pay structure.

General secretary of Balpa, Brian Strutton, explained its members felt there was no option but to opt for a ballot.

"Our Ryanair representatives have been trying to tackle some of the many issues that result from years of non-recognition of unions within Ryanair," he said.

"But we have not been able to make any progress with Ryanair at all on any of our areas of concern."

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