High season strikes announced by UK-based Ryanair’s pilots

RYANAIR’S UK pilots are preparing to strike at the end of the holiday season in a dispute over pay – a move which looks set to throw holiday plans into disarray.

According to Sky News, pilots’ union Balpa reported that members had backed walkouts by a majority of 80 per cent on a turnout of 72 per cent.

Its national executive council then settled on two strike dates – the first for 48 hours from Thursday August 22 and a second from Monday, September 2 until Wednesday, September 4.

The union claims pilots do not want to throw travel plans into chaos and hoped such action could be avoided if Ryanair agreed to negotiate.

The airline reportedly accused the Balpa of causing disruption unnecessarily.

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