Published on : Tuesday, December 12, 2017
The flights to and from Dublin could be disrupted by strikes over Christmas after pilots based in Ireland voted for industrial action.
Ryanair is biggest short-haul airline in Europe now faces some of the disruption in key European markets following ballots for action by pilots in Italy and Portugal over the past week.
A vote by members of the Irish IALPA union resulted in 79 of 84 voters backing action.
Ryanair said that less than 28 percent of its 300 Dublin pilots voted in favor of labour action.
While IALPA represents only some of Dublin pilots, many of whom are employed via third-party agencies, those who voted are mostly captains, without whom planes cannot fly.
However, it has not been decided whether the industrial action will include strikes during the time of Christmas.
The executive committee of IMPACT, an umbrella union to which IALPA is affiliated, is due to meet on Tuesday to have a long conversation what shape the protest will take. But the management and the pilots are hopeful to remove all the hectic before Christmas for the better services.
The ballot was held against the backdrop of increasingly sour relations between Ryanair and its pilots, many of whom are seeking collective bargaining power via a new European employee representative committee (ERC).
Ryanair usually deals with multiple European ERCs separately, allowing it to converse on the separate deals on the labour issues such as pay and conditions at 87 different bases.