Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Ryanair's June traffic up 7 pct to 12.6 million journeys

Ryanair's June traffic up 7 pct to 12.6 million journeys

The union claims Ryanair is not taking pilots' demands seriously.

Cabin crew from across Europe on Wednesday published a list of 34 demands, including "a fair living wage", improved sick pay and employment contracts based on local rather than Irish law.

It's reported that the pilots, who are directly-employed by the airline, voted for strike action following a dispute over management's approach to transferring pilots between its European and African bases.

The strike action is likely to have a knock-on effect across the UK & Europe as many Dublin based aircraft operate flights from other airports.

Ryanair did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but has said in the past that its working conditions are competitive and are more generous than some rivals.

It states that, "our member pilots directly employed by Ryanair complain that there is no transparent system for the determination of important matters including voluntary/involuntary base transfer/allocation, command upgrade, allocation of annual leave and promotion".

The Irish Transport Workers Federation said that a decision on strike action would be a matter for unions in individual countries.

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Ryanair chose to recognize unions in December but the ITF said little progress had been made in the past six months and there had been no concrete improvements in pay and working conditions.

They have warned that if their demands are not met, Ryanair risks a summer of industrial action - but have no plans at present to ballot members for strike action in the 21 countries where they operate.

Some 120 union members, a lot of them captains, are directly employed by Ryanair and are able to strike.

He said: "Ryanair's June traffic grew by seven per cent to 12.6m customers, while our load factor remained strong at 96 per cent, on the back of lower fares".

The airline has said it hoped to sign more recognition deals with pilots and cabin crew unions "over the coming weeks and months".

It follows cancellations of more than 1,100 flights also in May.

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