RYANAIR pilots are to stage a fresh series of strikes after failing to resolve an ongoing dispute with the airline, the Balpa union has announced.
Members of the British Airline Pilots Association have said further strike dates follow the company’s refusal to seek conciliation talks.
Pilots are already in the middle of industrial action, having begun a strike on Monday that will last until 23.59 on Wednesday.
The next round of strikes will be on September 18 and 19 for 48 hours, and then on September 21, 23, 25, 27, and 29 for periods of 24 hours.
UK-based pilots working for Ryanair are exasperated about a number of issues, with Balpa saying the disputes are the result of “decades” of Ryanair refusing to engage.
Current grievances include issues with pensions, allowances, pay structures, working conditions, and maternity benefits.
Balpa General Secretary, Brian Strutton, said: “We are clear that we want to settle the dispute and bring about a change in Ryanair for the better.
“Pilots in Ryanair are seeking the same kind of policies and agreements that exist in other airlines – our demands are not unreasonable.
“We want to address issues like pensions; loss of licence insurance; maternity benefits; allowances; and harmonise pay across the UK in a fair, transparent, and consistent structure.
“While this action has considerably disrupted Ryanair, forcing them to engage contractors and bring in foreign crews to run its operation, it has had limited impact on the public’s travel plans.
“Ryanair should stop dragging its feet and get back to the negotiating table.”
A statement on Ryanair’s twitter account this morning said the airline had operated more than 820 scheduled flights yesterday with zero cancellations.
It also said most of its UK pilots had declined to take part, describing the strikes as “pointless and failed”.
In August, Ryanair lost a High Court bid to block strikes on August 22 and 23.
Pilots working for the airline in Spain also plan to go on strike on September 19, 20, 22, 27, and 29.
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Ryanair has succeeded in cancelling very few of its flights during recent strikes in Britain, Spain, and Portugal, though some passengers have experienced delays.
The airline has been able to maintain its schedule by drafting in pilots from elsewhere in Europe.
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