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Talks get underway later to try to resolve Ryanair row


Efforts will begin later this morning to try to resolve the long-running Ryanair dispute.

Both Ryanair and the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (Ialpa) – part of trade union Fórsa – confirmed that they will meet today in a fresh attempt to broker a resolution to the Irish dispute under mediator, Kieran Mulvey.

Around 100 of Ryanair’s 350 Irish-based pilots held their fifth one-day strike on Friday in a dispute over base transfers, promotions, leave and other issues. 

They joined pilots in Belgium, Holland, Germany and Sweden in a series of strikes that forced the airline to cancel 396 of 2,400 flights, disrupting 67,000 passengers.

It is thought that Kieran Mulvey, former chairman of the Worplace Relations Commission may ask Fórsa to suspend any further strike action and ask  Ryanair row back from a move to cut its Dublin aircraft fleet from October with the possible loss or transfer of hundreds of jobs.

The summer dispute has been over base transfers, promotions, leave and other issues.


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