CityJet pilots to strike for 13 days from next week

The action follows an 82% vote to escalate industrial action

CityJet pilots to strike for 13 days from next week

CityJet's SSJ leaves Venice for Dublin | Image: CityJet

Pilots at Irish carrier Cityjet are to stage strike action from next Thursday November 24th.

Workers say this is on foot of the company's refusal to allow for a referral to the Labour Court in an issue over pay.

Trade union Unite, which represents pilots working for the airline, have notified the company of a series of 13 full-day work stoppages.

The action follows an 82% vote to escalate the limited industrial action, which began in September.

It will see a 24-hour withdrawal of labour and strike pickets at the company’s Swords headquarters on the following dates: Thursday November 24th, Friday November 25th, Thursday December 1st, Friday December 2nd, Thursday December 8th, Friday December 9th, Wednesday December 14th, Thursday December 15th, Friday December 16th, Tuesday December 20th, Wednesday December 21st, Thursday December 22nd and Friday December 23rd.

Unite regional officer Willie Quigley said: "In addition to our ongoing pay issues with CityJet, which the company refuses to allow the WRC (Workplace Relations Commission) to refer to the Labour Court in contravention of an agreement with Unite obliging them to attend the Court, the company is now threatening to terminate their agreement with Unite in respect of pilot representation.

"This would deny our members the right to be collectively represented by the union of their choice.

"The resolution of this dispute is in CityJet's hands and as always Unite remains available for engagement directly with CityJet or under the auspices of the WRC", he added.

CityJet meanwhile has called for the intervention of the WRC.

A spokesperson for CityJet said: "Although we envisage no disruption to our services, we have been in contact with the WRC today in order to engage with Unite to see if a solution to this dispute can be found.

"We would anticipate that following this request to the WRC that Unite would suspend all industrial action, including work to rule and potential strike dates. We are available to engage with the WRC and pilots to resolve matters."

Cityjet flies routes across Europe to and from Dublin, London, Rotterdam, Belgium and Italy.