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Ryanair cancels flights for pilot strike

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Ryanair has warned that it will cancel up to 30 of its 290 Irish flights today (12 July) as some of its pilots begin a 24-hour strike over seniority procedures.

The Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA), part of the Forsa union, is demanding a change to the procedure for determining base transfers, promotions and annual leave that takes a pilot’s seniority into account. The group claims Ryanair has responded to its demands with threats to cut promotion opportunities.

Ryanair met with Forsa on ‘neutral ground’ earlier this week but failed to come to an agreement in time to avoid the strike.

The airline says it “tried to avert this disruption”, claiming it has submitted written proposals to Forsa on seniority, annual leave and base transfers and that the union had “rejected” 21 previous offers to meet for discussion.

The strike represents 27 per cent of Ryanair’s Irish pilots.

In a statement, Ryanair said it would cancel flights on high-frequency routes between Ireland and the UK, such as its London route.

The carrier said customers affected by the cancellations have already been contacted with an offer of a refund or free transfer to another flight.

Meanwhile, cabin crew in Italy will strike for 24 hours on 25 July, followed by a 48-hour cabin crew walk-out in Spain, Portugal and Belgium on 25 and 26 July.

Unions have warned of further action throughout the summer if their demands for a number of concessions on employment terms are not met.

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