BALPA has announced that the Ryanair pilot strike dates have been set. The decision was following an industrial ballot vote among its pilots, which closed today, August 7, 2019.
The ballot results were 80% in favor of strike action The pilot voter turnout was 72%, a pretty convincing signal that the pilots are ready.
Ryanair Pilot strike, BALPA’s plan of action
These types of strike-intentions are structured around a limited time work-action type of strike. These types of strikes have a limited duration, meant to disrupt airline operations for a limited time only. The objective is to send a strong signal to Ryanair’s management that the pilots’ labor contract negotiations have not resulted in a satisfactory agreement with the company.
1st schedule of pilot strike-action
From August 22, 2019, at one minute past midnight (00:01). The strike action will end on August 23 at 23:59 (one minute before midnight).
2nd schedule of pilot strike action
From September 2, 2019, at one minute past midnight (00:01). The strike action will end on September 4 at 23:59 (one minute before midnight).
If you have a Ryanair flight scheduled for around the time of the pilot strike you may wish to make alternate plans now.
Ryanair has made no contract-offer to BALPA in respect to its pilots
BALPA says they have not made any progress in the pilot contract negotiations with Ryanair’s management. This due to the Ryanair management not understanding how to work with the union constructively. Neither does management know how to negotiate.
Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said
“We have had no formal offer from Ryanair, and it is imperative that we resolve this dispute urgently to avoid strike action. No pilot wants to spoil the public’s travel plans but at the moment it seems we have no choice.”
BALPA’s point of view
According to BALPA, Ryanair has refused to deal with unions for decades. They claim that management does not understand how to work with unions. BALPA also states that Ryanair does not have many of the standard agreements normally found in any workplace.
Pilot contract issues at stake
Issues at stake are pension benefits, loss of license insurance, maternity benefits, allowances, plus a fair, transparent, and consistent pay structure.
Ryanair dispute is unrelated to the ongoing British Airways dispute
It is worth noting that the Ryanair dispute is unrelated to the current and separate pilot dispute at British Airways.
The British Airline Pilots’ Association is the professional pilot union for more than 85% of commercial UK pilots. BALPA represents more than 10,000 UK pilots. The union is recognized by 23 different companies. The association holds the largest and strongest collective resource of commercial pilot qualification and pilot experience in the UK.