Ryanair has suggested the hiring a third-party mediator to intervene in breaking the deadlock between the airlines’ Irish pilots who are on strike and the airline.
The airline is currently in an intense dispute with its pilots regarding the pay and working conditions. The employees have accused the airline of not being able to meet the demands for pay and the improvement of working conditions. The row heightened when Ryanair responded to the pay claims of the pilots by publishing the payslips of its pilot and cabin crew for June. The payslips showed that a pilot can earn a maximum of €200,000 (£178,000) every year.
Eddie Wilson, the chief people officer of Ryanair, said that the airline was not proposing that Kieran Mulvey, the former head of the Workplace Relations Commission, to act as the third-party mediator to draw some “common sense” to the negotiations.
He stated: “We now call on Forsa to accept Mr Mulvey as a third party mediator, an initiative Forsa have repeatedly called for in recent weeks.”
In a statement, Forsa disclosed: “Ryanair’s announcement that it will accept independent third-party assistance in its dispute with pilots, which was made without preconditions, is an unexpected and positive development. The union, which has been calling for third-party assistance for many weeks, will consult with its members in the company, and looks forward to talking to Kieran Mulvey about when a process could begin.”
Today, twenty-five percent of the crew of Ryanair are holding a strike. It is already the fourth strike that has occurred so far. Ryanair said that the walkout has had no impact on its service as on 24 out of the 300 flights to and from Ireland were cancelled last week.
The airline is preparing itself for another round of strike action that is set to happen next Friday, when 25 percent of its pilots will go on strike.