August 2, 2018 / 2:17 PM / 4 months ago

Ryanair Irish pilots to join widening strike on Aug. 10

DUBLIN, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Ryanair’s directly-employed pilots in Ireland will join colleagues in Sweden and Belgium on strike on Aug. 10, the fifth one-day walkout in the airline’s home market.

Ryanair has said it may face industrial action in Germany and the Netherlands on the same day. It has already responded to the stoppages in Ireland by cutting its winter fleet there by 20 percent and putting over 300 employees on preliminary notice.

“The airline’s escalation of the dispute last Wednesday – when it threatened to sack 100 pilots and 200 cabin crew, or transfer them to Poland – led to a predictable hardening of resolve among its staff,” the Forsa/IALPA trade union said in a statement. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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