Ryanair Plans to Run All Its Flights As Pilots Ignore Strike Action

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Ryanair is planning to run all its scheduled flights today, despite a strike that was organised by the union of the VC pilots in Germany.

VC stated that its Ryanair pilots would go on strike from 5:01 am to 8:59 am local time in Germany, because of “unsatisfactory negotiations” over union recognition.

However, today, the Irish airline released a statement thanking the pilots for “putting our customers first and largely ignoring this VC strike.”

Though nine of the 36 “first wave” flights of Ryanair from Germany were delayed this morning, none were cancelled, and Ryanair stated that it expected to run all of their scheduled flights throughout the whole day.

Yet it appears that VC is preparing for more strike action. this afternoon, Markus Wahl, its spokesperson informed the Financial Times that there more walkouts could be likely before the 5th of January, which is when Ryanair had proposed meeting with VC if the company “does not move.”

Yesterday, Ryanair said that it saw the strike action as “unnecessary” because it had agreed to meet with the union again in order to “progress the negotiations on a collective labour agreement for Germany.”

The share price of the company was down by 0.66 percent in afternoon trading.

The said pilot strike was set to contribute to “frantic Friday,” as the Brits experience the busiest day for travelling on the roads of the nation today.

Gatwick Airport has pegged today as the airport’s busiest for flights, while there are more strikes scheduled for later in the festive period.

Walkouts by the members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union are prepared for the 27th of December on Greater Anglia, and on New Year’s Eve on the South Western Railway in disputes regarding the role of the guard.

A strike by workers of the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is also scheduled for New Year’s Eve, because of a breakdown in industrial relations.