July 25, 2018 / 12:01 PM / in 2 months

Ryanair directly employed Irish pilots call fourth one-day strike

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Pilots directly employed by Ryanair (RYA.I) and who are members of its Irish trade union will stage a fourth one-day strike on Aug. 3 and warned of further stoppages unless the airline changes tack.

A stranded Ryanair passenger checks her phone, on the first day of a cabin crew strike held in several European countries, at the Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas airport in Madrid, Spain, July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Susana Vera

Ryanair told over 300 pilots and cabin crew earlier on Wednesday that they may lose their jobs as it cuts its Dublin-based fleet by 20 percent after recent strikes hurt bookings and airfares in its home market.

The airline’s decision to issue the staff with 90-day protective notice was a “reckless” and “provocative” move that will likely harden the pilots’ resolve, the Forsa/IALPA trade union said in a statement.

Reporting by Padraic Halpin, editing by Louise Heavens

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