Published on Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Ryanair slammed for selling tickets for strike dates

Pilots union BALPA has slammed Ryanair for continuing to sell tickets for days when its members plan to strike later this week.

It says Ryanair has 'blown the chance' of finding a resolution before this week's strike action, accusing the airline of wasted time with unnecessary court action.

Ryanair is seeking a High Court injunction tomorrow (Wednesday) to stop strike action by UK Ryanair pilots, due to take place on Thursday and Friday this week.

A second round of dates are planned for September.

BALPA invited Ryanair to join them at ACAS talks this week but the airline refused.

"Their attempt to block lawful strike action is just another demonstration of the bullying tactics the airline appears to favour," said BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton.

"It's also worrying to see Ryanair continue to sell tickets for strike days - are they prepared to offer compensation to passengers if they are affected? I think they should tell passengers exactly where they stand."

A spokesman for Ryanair said: "BALPA who represent a small number of highly paid UK pilots should not be disrupting the return holiday flights of UK families later this week when Ryanair Captains already earn £180,000 p.a and are now seeking unjustified pay increases of between 65% to 121%."

A hearing continues today in the Irish High Court in which Ryanair is seeking to stop 180 Irish pilots strike on the same two days this week. It was adjourned yesterday and could go on until tomorrow, the day before the strikes are due to start.


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  • Scrimping and Saving

    I just don't know how Ryanair pilots manage to live on £180k a year - poor things.

    By Graham Grigg, Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  • dodgy & vastly overpaid pilots

    What gives with these pilots ? Who do they think they are ? Hope they are the 1st ones laid off when Ryanair shrinks with this massive recession. It should be the pilots who compensate anyone, not the airline.

    By Michael Anderson, Tuesday, August 20, 2019

  • Compensation

    Until such time as Ryanair are forced to pay the required compensation to delayed/cancelled passengers they will continue their antics. Of course all will potentially change at the end of October - another opportunity for Ryanair to flaunt EU laws.

    By Harry Cole, Monday, August 19, 2019

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