BALPA members vote for Ryanair strike

BALPA members working for Ryanair have voted 80% for strike action on a 72% turnout.

They will take action for 24 hours on both August 22 and September  2.

A statement from the union said decades of Ryanair refusing to deal with unions has resulted in two things: firstly, a management that apparently doesn’t understand how to work with unions, and secondly a company that doesn’t have a number of standard agreements that any union would reasonably expect in any workplace.

The union’s claim includes many issues including pensions; loss of license insurance; maternity benefits; allowances; and a fair, transparent, and consistent pay structure.

BALPA general secretary Brian Strutton 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.”

The union is also in dispute with British Airways.

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