Ireland-based Ryanair pilots to hold 24 hour strike next week

Ryanair says it will contact all passengers travelling from Ireland next Tuesday if the strike proceeds as planned

Ireland-based Ryanair pilots to hold 24 hour strike next week

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Updated 17.25

Pilots at Ryanair have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action, and will hold a strike next week.

The Ireland-based pilots will engage in a 24 hour strike next Thursday, July 12th from 1am.

The airline agreed to recognise trade unions for the first time last December in order to avert strikes during the Christmas period.

However, pilots are disappointed over the slow pace of talks.

Pilots employed by Ryanair in Ireland have now voted for industrial action.

The result of the ballot was announced by the Irish Air Line Pilots' Association (IALPA) - which is associated with the larger Fórsa trade union - on Tuesday afternoon.

Ryanair said it was disappointed by the result, and would contact any affected customers next Tuesday if the strike is set to go ahead as planned.

The airline claimed: "Ryanair has invited Fórsa to meet to discuss these proposals on 18 separate occasions, but Fórsa have failed to reply or take up any of these invitations to meet."

In a statement, IALPA said: “Our member pilots directly employed by Ryanair complain that there is no transparent system for the determination of important matters.

"[Issues include] voluntary/involuntary base transfer/allocation, command upgrade, allocation of annual leave and promotion. When a pilot receives notice of a mandatory base change, or is denied a request for a change of base, such management decisions can have a devastating effect on family life.”