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Ryanair pilots based in Germany urged to strike over pay and conditions

German-based pilots at budget airline Ryanair have been urged to strike in a dispute over pay and conditions.

The Cockpit union said on Tuesday that walkouts can be expected "any time starting immediately" but did not give any specific timing and ruled out strikes at Christmas.

It said there will be no strikes between the afternoon of December 23 and December 26.

Cockpit hopes to force Ryanair into negotiations on what it calls "market-appropriate working and pay conditions" for the company's pilots.

It said Germany's TUIfly, which like Ryanair operates a Boeing 737 fleet, offers such conditions.

Cockpit said that Italian and Portuguese pilot unions also have threatened strikes in the coming days, and pilots in Ireland this week voted for industrial action.

AP

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