Published on : Thursday, August 8, 2019
Holidaymakers may face mass disruption at multiple airports in the month of August after Ryanair pilots voted for strikes that could correspond with walkouts by their counterparts at British Airways and by Heathrow Airport Ground staff.
The pilots’ union BALPA said that decades of Ryanair refusing to deal with unions had led to members voting for a 48-hour strike beginning on 22 August and a 72-hour strike from 2 September.
Balpa’s general secretary, Brian Strutton said that they 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.
Any disruption caused by walkouts at Ryanair Airlines could agree with parallel action by British Airways pilots and Heathrow Airport ground staff, who have yet to rule out their own stoppages.
BALPA is still locked in pay negotiations with British Airways, whose staff can strike at two weeks’ notice if they do not accept the airline’s offer.
A 48-hour strike by more than 4,000 security guards, firefighters, engineers and passenger service workers at Heathrow was called off, after the airport made a new pay offer. But more action is scheduled for the 22 and 23 August, the same day as the Ryanair walkouts, if staff do not accept the proposals.