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UK NewsRyanair pilots confirm strike to go ahead tomorrow in major disruption for UK holidaymakers

01:35  22 august  2019
01:35  22 august  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

Ryanair launches legal battle to stop pilot strike amid travel chaos fears

Ryanair launches legal battle to stop pilot strike amid travel chaos fears Ryanair (RYA.L) has launched a last-ditch legal bid to stop a strike by its pilots in a row over pay and conditions, which could cause significant disruption for holidaymakers if it goes ahead. The high court in London will hear the case on Wednesday morning, after the airline sought an injunction just hours before the strike is due to start. The strike is set to take place on Thursday and Friday, with fears it could leave travellers unable to fly if Ryanair cannot make alternative arrangements. A further walkout could take place in September.

Ryanair pilots will go on strike from 1am tomorrow morningCredit: RAFAEL MARCHANTE. Ryanair confirmed talks had failed and that they expect 27 per cent of its Irish-based pilots to "Thanks to efforts of the majority of Irish pilots , Ryanair expects limited disruptions tomorrow

Passengers could face significant disruption to flights if the strike goes ahead on Thursday and Friday. Ryanair (RYA.L) has launched a last-ditch legal bid to stop a strike by its pilots in a row over pay and conditions, which could cause significant disruption for holidaymakers .

UK pilots employed by Ryanair will strike tomorrow and Friday after last-minute talks have collapsed.

Ryanair pilots confirm strike to go ahead tomorrow in major disruption for UK holidaymakers © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

The British Airline Pilots' Association (Balpa) have confirmed tonight that negotiations with the airline operator have failed to reach an outcome to prevent strikes over pay and conditions.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton said: “Ryanair foolishly tried to stop our strike in the High Court today and failed.

"Despite that, we extended an olive branch to Ryanair as a way of getting back around the table and calling off strikes over the next two days.

"We are extremely disappointed that Ryanair have taken such a belligerent and negative stance. We have become used to their macho posturing, but sadly it is their passengers who will pay the price for Ryanair’s attitude.”

Court blocks Irish Ryanair pilot strike but UK walkout could still go ahead

Court blocks Irish Ryanair pilot strike but UK walkout could still go ahead Ryanair (RYA.L) has announced it has won a last-ditch legal bid to stop a group of its Irish pilots going on strike this week. The airline said the high court decision in Dublin would “come as huge relief to thousands” of passengers in the last week of the summer holidays. All Ryanair flights due to leave Irish airports this Thursday and Friday “will now operate as normal,” according to the airline after the decision, which affects around 180 pilots who had planned to strike. Barrister Paul Gott QC, heading Ryanair’s legal team told the court in Dublin the Irish pilots’ walkout could be “enormously disruption” and risked “significant reputational damage” for the airline.

Thousands of holidaymakers face possible disruption as industrial unrest could spread to other countries. Irish-based pilots will stage a one-day strike on Thursday of next week – July 12th – after 99 per If a stoppage were to go ahead it would be the first strike by Irish-based pilots at Ryanair .

Ryanair passengers will find out TODAY if their holiday plans are ruined as the airline goes to the High Court in last ditch bid to stop its 180 pilots Industrial action is due to start tomorrow in a dispute over pay and conditions. UK pilot members of British Airline Pilots Association say they will go on strike .

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The outcome could spell significant disruption for UK holidaymakers, with the possibility of delays or even cancellation of flights across Scotland and the UK.

There are several dozen Ryanair flights scheduled to and from Edinburgh today, as well as ten at Glasgow, around nine at Prestwick and a handful at Aberdeen.

Adam French, consumer rights expert at Which?, said after the decision: "The threat of more travel chaos over this busy bank holiday weekend will be a crushing blow for passengers who are likely to have spent weeks worrying about whether their holiday flights will take off.

"Ryanair now needs to take every possible step to minimise disruption by informing passengers likely to be affected and offering refunds or alternative transport as required by law in the event of cancellation - if necessary, on other airlines.

Ryanair pilot strike update: Airline's scathing statement refuses to rule out flight disruption

Ryanair pilot strike update: Airline's scathing statement refuses to rule out flight disruption Ryanair says it has applied to the high court for an injunction to stop the action which is says could severely damage the business and jobs as well as affect a number of flights and customers

Trade union Forsa confirmed pilots will go on strike on Thursday, July, 12, for 24 hours. THOUSANDS of holidaymakers are facing travel disruption after Irish-based Ryanair pilots voted “These disruptions are unacceptable, and we call on the UK and German Governments, and the EU

A pilots ’ strike at Ryanair is likely to go ahead on Thursday even though both sides are set to meet tomorrow . Members of the Irish Airline Pilots ’ Association (Ialpa) in Ryanair plan to strike in a dispute over seniority, possibly disrupting holidaymakers at the Republic’s airports.

"The airline already has a track record of trying to shirk its responsibility to pay compensation to passengers when strikes by its staff go ahead, so we would expect the aviation regulator to step in and take strong action at the first sign of the airline trying to fob off its customers."

Edinburgh and Glasgow airports both told The Scotsman they did not expect flight cancellations tomorrow as a result of the strike, but advised all passengers to check for updates before travelling.

Pilots can be drafted in from elsewhere in Europe to fill in during strike action.

Ryanair had earlier today lost a High Court bid to block the ability of UK pilots to strike.

The airline said in a statement issued on its own website: "Thanks to the great work and volunteerism of the vast majority of our UK-based pilots, Ryanair now expects to operate its full schedule of flights to/from our UK airports on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 August.

Ryanair strike to go ahead tomorrow and Friday after firm loses High Court battle

Ryanair strike to go ahead tomorrow and Friday after firm loses High Court battle The airline sought an urgent injunction from a judge in London just hours before the start of threatened industrial action.

Ryanair pilots threaten Bank Holiday strikes which could hit 250,000 passengers Pilots threatening to strike tomorrow and Friday amid fears of major disruption Experts warn at least 1,714 Ryanair flights will be affected if protests go ahead Experts warn if the protests go ahead they could disrupt the holiday plans of passengers

German Ryanair pilots are the latest to announce that they will be going on strike this Friday, joining Belgium, Italy German pilots have now joined the Ryanair strike that is running this FridayCredit: AFP. STRUCK OUT. UK airport and airline strikes that could derail your holiday plans this August.

"We do not expect significant disruptions on Thursday or Friday. However, we cannot rule out some small flight delays and/or flight changes.

"We are working hard with our pilot teams to minimise any such delays for our customers and their families.

"All passengers scheduled to travel on flights to/from UK airports on Thursday 22 and Friday 23 August should arrive at their departure airport as normal and they can expect their scheduled Ryanair flight to depart on time."

Mr Strutton said: "Ryanair was foolish to bring this into the High Court rather than the negotiating room.

"We offered to meet Ryanair management at Acas to negotiate a resolution, but instead they attempted a legal bludgeon. That's backfired.

"However, we are clear that we want to settle the dispute and bring about a change in Ryanair for the better.

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"Pilots in Ryanair are seeking the same kind of policies and agreements that exist in other airlines – our demands are not unreasonable."

A second round of strike dates have also been set for next month.

Paul Gott QC, for Ryanair, told Mrs Justice Lambert during the hearing that strike action could be "enormously disruptive", and Ryanair would suffer "significant reputational" damage.

Mr Gott submitted that Balpa had not conducted a ballot that complied with the requirements of labour relations legislation.

But Mr Strutton said: "We want to address issues like pensions; loss of licence insurance; maternity benefits; allowances; and harmonise pay across the UK in a fair, transparent, and consistent structure.

“We hope that Ryanair will take up our offer of a way forward this evening so we can call off this action. We urge Ryanair to change their attitude to dealing with us, and adopt a constructive approach.

“In the event that Ryanair rejects our overture and therefore the action over the next two days does go ahead, we apologise to the passengers who will be affected. Such action could have been avoided if Ryanair adopts a different approach.”

Ryanair says expects no disruption to UK flights on Friday.
Ryanair says expects no disruption to UK flights on Friday

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