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Dublin-Based Ryanair Pilots Begin Third 24-Hour Strike


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Dublin-based pilots at Ryanair are staging a third one-day strike today.

Around 100 pilots are picketing the airline's headquarters in Swords.

The airline has cancelled 16 flights between the UK and Ireland as a result of the strike, which it says involves around a quarter of its Irish pilots.

The Fórsa trade union, meanwhile, says the pilots are continuing to seek a fair and transparent method to govern base transfers.

A disputes committee at the trade union will meet tomorrow to consider further industrial action.

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Forsa's Head of Communications Bernard Harbor has criticised Ryanair for not taking up the offer of talks it made last Friday.

He said: "We wrote to the company on Friday afternoon last week to say we were available for talks, but we haven't had a response to that invitation.

"Really we need Ryanair to step up a little bit, and to get down to the nuts-and-bolts of trying to resolve this issue."

Ryanair itself has continued to describe the industrial action as 'unnecessary'.

In a statement this morning, it claimed the striking pilots "can't explain" their proposals over seniority and base transfers - adding the issues "don't even affect them".

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