Fresh travel chaos for Kildare commuters as Ryanair pilots to strike the week before Christmas

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Fresh travel chaos for Kildare commuters as Ryanair pilots to strike the week before Christmas
17:15 Tuesday 12th of December 2017

By Kim O'Leary

Kildare commuters will face fresh travel chaos next week as Ryanair pilots have announced that they will hold a one day strike on Wednesday, December 20 due to pay cuts and other issues.

Pilots who are members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA), a branch of IMPACT trade union, have this afternoon served company management with notice of a one-day strike which will affect thousands of people trying to travel home this Christmas.

Almost 80 Ryanair staff pilots last week balloted in favour of industrial action at the carrier as they battle as part of a grassroots movement to secure collective bargaining rights for Ryanair pilots across Europe.

The pilots in Dublin who sanctioned action are members of the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA), which is itself a member of trade union Impact.

The pilots backed industrial action by a margin of 94pc to 6pc in secret ballots conducted over the last week while the excutive committee of the services and enterprises division of Impact met since this morning to consider the outcome of the pilot ballot.

Last week, the airline warned pilots in Ireland that it would meet any attempt at industrial action “head on”. It also said it would freeze promotions, cut pilot pay and may even move aircraft out of Dublin if any industrial action was staged.

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