Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has today gone ahead with its scheduled flights this morning, despite strikes by around 30% of their pilots.
The row is over pay and working conditions, with Ryanair claiming that the striking pilots are asking to double their £170,000 a year wages.
The British Airline Pilots Association (BALPA) earlier this month announced that two walkouts would take place on 22nd-23rd August and 2nd-4th September.
Ryanair released the below statement, regarding the situation:
Update – Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd Ryanair UK flights to operate as scheduled: pic.twitter.com/VNXqNSbA5i
— Ryanair (@Ryanair) 21 August 2019
However, a statement from BALPA read: “Decades of Ryanair refusing to deal with unions has resulted in two things. Firstly, a management that apparently doesn’t understand how to work with unions, and secondly a company that doesn’t have a number of standard agreements that any union would reasonably expect in any workplace.
That is why our claim includes many issues including pensions; loss of license insurance; maternity benefits; allowances; and a fair, transparent, and consistent pay structure.
“We have made no progress with Ryanair management on any of those areas at all, seemingly because Ryanair management cannot understand how to go about working with us constructively, or how to negotiate. Ryanair has made no offer to BALPA in respect of its pilots.”