Ryanair pilots to stage further strike
IRISH-based Ryanair pilots are to stage their fifth one-day strike next week.
The 24-hour stoppage will start next Friday August 10 at 1am.
It is not yet clear how many flights and passengers will be affected by the industrial action.
This is the fifth strike by pilots since July 12. Last month, the budget airline criticised the strikes as unnecessary and warned that if they continue, there could be job losses.
Trade union Forsa, which represents the pilots, hit out at the airline company following the warning.
It said that the pilots continue to seek a "fair and transparent method" to govern base transfers and related matters which they say is common practice in the industry.
In a statement, Forsa said on Thursday: "For over a month, the union has said that industrial action is likely to continue until there is substantial movement on the pilots' reasonable demands for an agreement on a fair and transparent approach to base transfers and related matters.
"In the 19 days since the first one-day strike took place, company management has agreed to just two hours of talks, despite Forsa's repeated assurance that it is available for discussions at any time.
"The union has today told Ryanair that it remains available for talks.
"The airline's escalation of the dispute last Wednesday when it threatened to sack 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew, or transfer them to Poland - led to a predictable hardening of resolve among its staff.
"Company management met the union the day before the first one-day strike, and two days before the second one-day strike (on July 18). It then changed its position and said it would not negotiate while strike action was planned."
The union said that two weeks have passed since their last meeting with management and warned that a resolution to the dispute cannot be reached if the airline has "precondition" talks.
The union added: "On a number of occasions in recent weeks and months, there have been suggestions that third-party facilitation could assist in reaching consensus on issues of disagreement.
"Forsa has today repeated to the company that it is willing to explore this option."