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Ryanair pilots vote for 48-hour walkouts in row over conditions

RYANAIR pilots are to stage a series of strikes after voting in favour of industrial action in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Members of the British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) voted 4-1 to back action, including a 48-hour walkout beginning on August 22 — just before the bank holiday weekend — and another on September 2.

The union said Ryanair ‘doesn’t understand how to work with unions’ and does not have ‘standard agreements that any union would reasonably expect in any workplace’.

Balpa’s Brian Strutton said: ‘No pilot wants to spoil the public’s travel plans but at the moment it seems we have no choice.’

Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary has warned of redundancies from next month because it has 500 more pilots and 400 more cabin crew than it needs.