‘Minority’ of CityJet pilots to start strikes next week

CityJet has said it envisages no disruption to services in spite of a decision by a “minority” of its pilots to hold a series of 24-hour strikes starting next Thursday.

‘Minority’ of CityJet pilots to start strikes next week

Unite trade union, which represents the pilots, said the action was on foot of the company’s refusal to allow the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) to refer “issues in dispute” to the Labour Court.

Unite regional officer Willie Quigley said: “In addition to our ongoing pay issues with CityJet, which the company refuses to allow the Workplace Relations Commission 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.”

Mr Quigley said other issues included the refusal to adequately compensate pilots being moved to CityJet’s Amsterdam base and the imposition of “bond payments” to secure a job with the company.

The union said 24-hour stoppages were planned for November 24, and 25, along with December 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23. CityJet said it has called for the intervention of the WRC following “a decision of a minority of its Dublin-based pilots” represented by Unite to issue notice of industrial action.

A spokesperson said: “Although we envisage no disruption to our services, we have been in contact with the WRC today to engage with Unite to see if a solution to this dispute can be found. We would anticipate that following this request to the WRC, Unite would suspend all industrial action including work to rule and potential strike dates.”

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