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17th Nov 2016

Some pilots at Dublin Airport could strike for 13 days between next week and Christmas

This might affect you if you have booked a flight.

The effect it will have services going to and from Dublin Airport remains unclear.

Unite, the airline representing pilots working for Dublin-based airline CityJet, has notified the airline of a series of 13 full-day work stoppages starting next Thursday, November 24.

Notification of the strike action comes after an 82% vote to escalate the limited industrial action commenced in September following CityJet’s refusal to allow the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to refer issues in dispute to the Labour Court.

CityJet pilots represented by Unite have served notification to strike for 24 hours starting at 00:01 on the following dates, including the four days immediately prior to Christmas Eve, December 20-23.

  • Thursday November 24
  • Friday November 25
  • Thursday December 1
  • Friday December 2
  • Thursday December 8
  • Friday December 9
  • Wednesday December 14
  • Thursday December 15
  • Friday December 16
  • Tuesday December 20
  • Wednesday December 21
  • Thursday December 22
  • Friday December 23

CityJet employs 80 pilots at its Dublin Airport, but recently said that only a minority of them are affiliated to Unite, who claim that the number is closer to 40 pilots.

Modern building at the airport in Dublin, Ireland

Commenting on the notification of strike action, Unite Regional Officer Willie Quigley said: “In addition to our ongoing pay issues with CityJet, which the company refuses to allow the WRC to refer to the Labour Court in contravention of an agreement with Unite obliging them to attend the Court, the company is now threatening to terminate their agreement with Unite in respect of pilot representation. This would deny our members the right to be collectively represented by the union of their choice.

“Other issues in dispute range from the company’s refusal to adequately compensate pilots who are being moved to CityJet’s Amsterdam base to the imposition to ‘Bond Payments’ to secure a job with the company.

“Thanks to the dedication and hard work of CityJet employees, the airline has won several awards in recent years. Unfortunately, thanks to their recent persistent refusal to engage constructively with our members, and to use mechanisms such as the WRC, they aren’t in line for any industrial relations prizes.

“The resolution of this dispute is in CityJet’s hands and as always Unite remains available for engagement directly with CityJet or under the auspices of the WRC.”