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Swedish Ryanair pilots to go on strike

Pilots employed by the low-cost carrier in Sweden say they will strike next week. Dutch and German pilots are vote to strike.

Swedish pilots employed by low-cost carrier Ryanair will strike next Friday for 24 hours, a report in the newspaper Expressen says.

A dispute between the airline and the Swedish Pilot Association union about contracts is behind the strike, to take place on August 10.

Negotiations on a collective employment agreement for Ryanair pilots in Sweden have been continuing since the end of last year.

“We hope of course that this means Ryanair will come to the negotiating table,” union chairman Martin Lindgren told the news agency TT. “Should it not have any effect, we will consider further action.”

The move affects around 80% of Ryanair’s pilots in Sweden, which is more than 40 members of the union, but it is not certain how this will impact passengers.

“About 15 to 20 departures leave Sweden on average on Friday as far as I know,” Lindgren said, “and Ryanair have been quite adept at moving pilots from other countries to strike-affected areas. They will likely also try to do that here.”

More strikes
Meanwhile, Ryanair pilots based in the Netherlands have approved strike action in a vote – a day after German pilots also voted to strike, the Irish Independent reports.

The majority in favour in the Netherlands was 99.5%, according to the Dutch Airline Pilots Association.

Sources claim that the carrier’s decision last week to put more than 300 staff in Ireland on protective notice has “galvanised” the Dutch pilots’ support for strikes to send a message to the airline’s management.

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