Ryanair crew could join pilots' strike action over pay and conditions

Passengers check flights at Dublin during yesterday’s strike

Passengers check flights at Dublin during yesterday’s strike

Despite the strike action, Ryanair said it still flew 12.6 million passengers in June, a rise of 7 per cent.

Ryanair cabin crew representatives have published a charter of demands for better pay and conditions, including the abolition of agency employment, and the removal of sales commission as a basis for promotions.

However, he said it is up to individual unions in each country to decide whether they will ballot their members.

Cabin crew sources said unions may name dates for strikes in Italy, Belgium, Spain and Portugal at a meeting in Brussels today.

After the breakdown of negotiations between the management of low-priced airline Ryanair and representatives of cabin crew staff in Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Italy, it now seems nearly inevitable that flights will be disrupted by strikes during the summer, jeopardizing the travel plans of millions of passengers across Europe.

And the airline have confirmed that pilots working for Ryanair are to strike for 24 hours on Thursday 12 July, which may leave thousands of Irish holidaymakers' plans in limbo.

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A spokesperson for the European Consumer Centre earlier said passengers who may be affected by planned strike action by Ryanair pilots this month should wait to see what happens before contacting the airline.

The Irish Airline Pilots' Association balloted members over a lack of an agreement on how Ryanair deals with transfers between bases. Some progress has already been made, most notably in the United Kingdom where the low-priced carrier managed to strike a deal with the Unite union to officially represent cabin crew in the country.

Ryanair faces strike action.

News of the strike comes just hours after the airline revealed another month of travel misery as air traffic control strikes left more than 210,000 passengers with cancelled flights in June.

This compared with just 41 cancellations in June a year ago.

Despite the flight cancellations, the company pointed out that its load factor - a measure of how well airlines fill planes - remained unchanged at 96%.

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